1716 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1716.
- April 5 – Anne Lefèvre, Madame Dacier, meets Antoine Houdar de la Motte in person.
- May – Voltaire is exiled to Tulle as a result of his lampoon on the regent of France, Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
- June 21 – Work begins on construction of the Codrington Library at All Souls College, Oxford, to the design of Nicholas Hawksmoor; it will be completed in 1751.
- Poet John Byrom returns to England to teach his own system of shorthand.
- Edmund Curll renews his controversy with Matthew Prior by threatening to publish the poet's works without permission.
- Dramatist Philippe Néricault Destouches comes to London as an attaché to the French embassy.
- First printed version of the Epic of King Gesar, a Mongolian text, is published in Beijing.
- Ballet master John Weaver revives the pantomime genre at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London with The Loves of Mars and Venus – a new Entertainment in Dancing after the manner of the Antient Pantomimes and Perseus and Andromeda.
- Richard Blackmore – Essays upon Several Subjects vol. i
- Thomas Browne – Christian Morals
- Francis Chute (as Mr. Gay) – The Petticoat (part of Edmund Curll's "phantom Gay" hoax)
- Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury – Several Letters... to a Young Man at the University
- John Dennis – A True Character of Mr. Pope, and his Writings (in response to The Essay on Criticism)
- Theophilus Evans – Drych y Prif Oesoedd (Mirror of the Early Centuries)
- Amédée-François Frézier – Relation du voyage de la Mer du Sud, aux côtes du Chili, du Pérou et de Brésil
- John Oldmixon – Memoirs of Ireland from the Restoration to the Present Times
- Alexander Pope – The Iliad of Homer vol. ii
- Humphrey Prideaux – The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighbouring Nations
- Jean de la Roque – Voyage dans l’Arabie heureuse
- Andreas Rüdiger – Göttliche Physik (Divine Physics)
- George Sewell – A Vindication of the English Stage
- Johann Georg Walch – Historia critica Latinae linguae
- Zhang Yushu, Chen Tingjing et al. (ed.) – Kangxi Dictionary (康熙字典)
- Joseph Addison – The Drummer
- Barton Booth – The Death of Dido
- Mary Davys – The Northern Heiress
- Benjamin Griffin – The Humours of Purgatory
- Aaron Hill – The Fatal Vision
- John Hughes – Apollo and Daphne
- Charles Johnson – The Cobler of Preston (political satire based on The Taming of the Shrew)
- Voltaire – Oedipe
- José de Cañizares
- El dómine Lucas
- Marta la Romarantina
- El picarillo de España, señor de la Gran Canaria
- January 20 – Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (died 1795)
- March 6 – Pehr Kalm, Swedish/Finnish botanist, naturalist and travel writer (died 1779)
- December 25 – Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (died 1774)
- December 26
- Unknown date – Yosa Buson (与謝 蕪村), Japanese Edo period haiku poet and painter (died 1784)
- January 5
- January 11
- February 19 – Dorothe Engelbretsdotter, Norwegian poet (born 1634)
- July 24 – Agnes Campbell, Scottish printer (born 1637)
- September 15 – Andrew Fletcher, Scottish politician and writer (born 1653)
- October 21 – Jakob Gronovius, Dutch scholar (born 1645)
- November 14 – Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher (born 1646)
- December 31 – William Wycherley, English dramatist (born 1641)
- Probable year of death – Patrick Abercromby, Scottish antiquary and translator (born 1656)
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