1705 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1705.
- c. May – Richard Steele marries a wealthy widow, Margaret Stretch, having left the army.
- July 29 – Richard Challoner enters the English College, Douai.
- October 30 – John Vanbrugh's play The Confederacy (adapted from the French) is first performed at his new London playhouse, The Queen's Theatre in the Haymarket.
- December 27 – John Vanbrugh's play The Mistake (adapted from the French) is first performed at The Queen's Theatre in the Haymarket.
- George Hickes' Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archæologicus vol. 2 (published in Oxford) includes the first published reference to Beowulf and the only surviving transcript of the Finnesburg Fragment.
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon (近松 門左衛門) almost abandons the writing of kabuki plays and becomes a staff writer to the bunraku theater in Osaka.
- William Somervile inherits his father's estate, where field sports will inspire much of his poetry.
- Claude Pierre Goujet enters holy orders.
- William Walsh begins his correspondence with Alexander Pope.
- Construction begins on Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, designed by playwright John Vanbrugh for the Duke of Marlborough.
- Joseph Addison – Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
- Mary Astell – The Christian Religion as Profess'd by a Daughter of the Church
- Dimitrie Cantemir – Historia Hieroglyphica (the first novel to use the Romanian language)
- George Cheyne – Philosophical Principles of Natural Religion (deist)
- Samuel Clarke – A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God
- Mary Davys – The Fugitive (prose)
- Daniel Defoe
- The Consolidator
- A Second Volume of the Writings of the Author of the True-Born Englishman
- John Dunton – The Life and Errors of John Dunton Late Citizen of London (humor)
- Edmund Gibson – Family-Devotion
- Charles Gildon – The Deist's Manual
- Marie-Jeanne L'Héritier – La Tour ténébreuse, et les jours lumineux: contes anglois
- Charles Johnson – The Queen; a Pindaric Ode
- Gottfried Leibniz – Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain (New Essays on Human Understanding)
- Bernard de Mandeville – The Grumbling Hive (pirated edition)
- Delarivière Manley – The Secret History, of Queen Zarah, and the Zarazians (roman à clef)
- John Philips
- The Splendid Shilling
- Katherine Philips – Letters of Orinda to Poliarchus
- Matthew Prior (posthumous) – An English Padlock
- Jonathan Swift – A Tale of a Tub, fifth edition (with Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, The Battle of the Books, and Notes)
- John Toland – Primitive Constitution of the Christian Church
- Thomas Baker – Hampstead Heath
- Susannah Centlivre
- The Gamester (anonymously)
- The Basset-Table
- Colley Cibber – The Careless Husband
- Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon – Idoménée
- John Dennis – Gibraltar, or the Spanish Adventure
- George Granville – The British Enchanters
- William Grimston, 1st Viscount Grimston – The Lawyer’s Fortune or Love in a Hollow Tree
- Peter Anthony Motteux
- The Amorous Miser, or the Younger the Wiser
- Arsinoe, Queen of Cyprus (opera)
- William Mountfort – Zelmane
- Mary Pix (attributed) – The Conquest of Spain (adapted from William Rowley's All's Lost by Lust)
- Richard Steele – The Tender Husband
- John Vanbrugh – The Mistake
- Richard Blackmore – Eliza
- Daniel Defoe
- The Double Welcome
- The Dyet of Poland
- Quan Tangshi
- Ned Ward – Hudibras Redidivus
- Isaac Watts – Horae Lyricae
See also 1705 in poetry
- January 21 – Isaac Hawkins Browne, English poet (died 1760)
- February 13 – Franciszka Urszula Radziwillowa, Polish dramatist (died 1753)
- May – Ambrosius Stub, Danish poet (died 1758)
- June 21 – David Hartley, English philosopher (died 1757)
- September 2 – Abraham Tucker (Edward Search), English philosopher (died 1774)
- October 29 – Gerhardt Friedrich Müller, German historian (died 1783)
- November 23 – Thomas Birch, English historian (died 1766)
- Probable year of birth – Stephen Duck, English poet (died 1756)
- January 4 – Madame d'Aulnoy, French author of fairy tales (born c. 1650)
- January 10 – Étienne Pavillon, French lawyer and poet (born 1632)
- February 5 – Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (born 1635)
- April 2 – John Howe, English theologian (born 1630)
- May 5 – Johann Ernst Glück, German writer and translator (born 1654)
- June 10 – Michael Wigglesworth, English poet (born 1631)
- October 17 – Ninon de l'Enclos, French courtesan and salonnière (born 1620)
- November 10 – Justine Siegemund, German writer on midwifery (born 1636)
- "Who was John Vanbrugh?". Britain Unlimited. Archived from the original on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama (2nd ed.).
- Encyclopædia Britannica.
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Celia Hawkesworth, A History of Central European Women's Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, ISBN 0-333-77809-X
- Lynne Tatlock (translator): The Court Midwife: Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 2005: ISBN 0-226-75709-9