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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1731.

List of years in literature (table)
In poetry



New booksEdit


  • Thomas BayesDivine Benevolence
  • Samuel BoyseTranslations and Poems Written on Several Subjects
  • Ralph CudworthA Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality (posthumous)
  • Robert Dodsley
    • An Epistle from a Footman in London to the Celebrated Stephen Duck
    • A Sketch of the Miseries of Poverty
  • Aaron HillAdvice to the Poets
  • Marie HuberLe Monde fou préféré au monde sage, en vingt-quatre promenades de trois amis, Criton philosophe, Philon avocat, Eraste négociant (The world unmask'd: or, The philosopher the greatest cheat; in twenty-four dialogues between Crito a philosopher, Philo a lawyer, and Erastus, a merchant)
  • Madame de La FayetteMemoires de la Cour de France
  • William LawThe Case of Reason
  • Pierre de MarivauxLa Vie de Marianne (The Life of Marianne), part one
  • William OldysA Dissertation Upon Pamphlets
  • Arabella PlantinLove Led Astray (Or, the Mutual Inconstancy)
  • Alexander PopeAn Epistle to the Right Honourable Richard Earl of Burlington (also Epistle to Burlington, and to contemporaries as Of False Taste)
  • Abbé Prévost
    • Manon Lescaut
    • Le Philosophe anglais, ou Histoire de Monsieur Cleveland, fils naturel de Cromwell (The Life and Entertaining Adventures of Mr. Cleveland, Natural Son of Oliver Cromwell)
  • Elizabeth RoweLetters Moral and Entertaining
  • Jean TerrassonLife of Sethos
  • Jethro TullThe New Horse-Houghing Husbandry, or, An essay on the principles of tillage and vegetation wherein is shewn, a method of introducing a sort of vineyard-culture into the corn-fields, to increase their product, and diminish the common expence, by the use of instruments lately invented by Jethro Tull
  • Diego de Torres VillarroelBarca de Aqueronte



  • Nicholas Amhurst (as Caleb D'Anvers) – A Collection of Poems
  • Jeremy Jingle (pseudonym) – Spiritual Fornication A burlesque poem. Wherein the case of Miss Cadiere and Father Girard are merrily display'd
  • Joseph TrappThe Works of Virgil




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  2. ^ Liu, Wu-Chi (1953). "The Original Orphan of China". Comparative Literature. 5 (3): 201. JSTOR 1768912.
  3. ^ Westminster Abbey: Freke sisters