1711 in literature


1711 in literature

The year 1711 in literature involved some significant events.

Events

*"The Spectator" founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
*After defeat at the Battle of Stănileşti, Dimitrie Cantemir flees to Russia and begins writing his most important works.
*William Whiston loses his professorship at Cambridge for contesting the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
*Charles Gildon becomes editor of "The British Mercury".
*Robert Wilks, Colley Cibber and Anne Oldfield form a partnership to manage the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
* Robert Harley, author, statesman, and friend to the "tory wits," who had been involved in Anne's ministry for some time, was created Earl of Oxford.

New books

* Francis Atterbury - "Representation of the State of Religion"
* Richard Blackmore - "The Nature of Man"
* Pierre Boileau - "The Works of Monsieur Boileau", vol. 1 (published by John Ozell)
* Abel Boyer - "The Political State of Great Britain"
* Jean Chardin - "Voyages de monsieur le chevalier Chardin en Perse et autres lieux de l'orient (The Travels of Sir John Chardin in Persia and the Orient)"
* Giuseppe Colombani - Unnamed treatise on the use of the "spadone"
* Shaftesbury - "Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times" (aka "Shaftesbury's "Characteristics")
* Daniel Defoe - "The British Visions"
** - "An Essay on the History of Parties"
** - "An Essay on the South-Sea Trade"
** - "The Present State of the Parties in Great Britain" (attrib.)
** - "The Secret History of the October Club"
* John Dennis - "Reflections Critical and Satyrical, Upon a Late Rhapsody call'd, An Essay upon Criticism" (Dennis's counterattack on Alexander Pope)
* John Gay - "The Present State of Wit" (satirical answer to Defoe)
* William King - "The History of the Heathen Gods"
* George Mackenzie - "Several Proposals Conducting to a Further Union of Britain"
* Alexander Pope - "An Essay on Criticism"
* Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, Eustace Budgell, "et al." - "The Spectator"
* John Strype - "The Life and Acts of Matthew Parker"
* Jonathan Swift - "Miscellanies in Prose and Verse"
** - "The Conduct of the Allies" (contra Marlborough and the War of the Spanish Succession)
* Thormodus Torfæus - "Historia Rerum Norvegicarum"
* Ned Ward - "The Life and Notable Adventures of that Renown'd Knight Don Quixote de la Mancha" (in verse)
* William Whiston - "Primitive Christianity Revived", vol. 1

New drama

*Richard Steele - "The Man of Mode"

Births

*May 7 - David Hume, philosopher (died 1776)
*May 18 - Roger Joseph Boscovich, poet and polymath (died 1787)
*October 17 - Jupiter Hammon, poet (died about 1806
*November 19 - Mikhail Lomonosov, Russian writer and polymath (died 1765)
*"date unknown"
**Johann Heinrich Samuel Formey, philosopher
**William Smith, classical scholar
**William Tytler, historian
** Kitty Clive
** Alban Butler, hagiographer

Deaths

*January 5 - Mary Rowlandson, author of "A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson" (born 1635)
*March 13 - Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (born 1636)
*March 19 - Bishop Thomas Ken, theologian and hymn-writer (born 1637)
*June 7 - Henry Dodwell, theologian (born 1641)
*November 3 - John Ernest Grabe, theologian (born 1666)
*"date unknown"
**Richard Bulstrode, memoirist (born 1610)
**Richard Duke, poet (born 1658)
**John Norris, philosopher and poet (born 1657)


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