1592 in literature
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This is a list of literature-related events in 1592.
- February 5–7 - Ulysses Redux, a Latin play by William Gager, is staged by members of Christ Church, Oxford. Two days later, they revive Gager's 1583 Latin play Rivales (now lost).
- February 26 - First definitely recorded performance of Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta, by Lord Strange's Men in London.
- June - From now throughout the remainder of the year, the London theatres are almost continuously closed due to an epidemic of bubonic plague. The closure will continue through 1593 and into 1594.
- September 3 - English writer Robert Greene dies in London of a "banquet of Rhenish wine and pickled herring", having apparently completed Greene's Groats-Worth of Wit (published soon after) including a reference to "an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers", taken to be the first published (critical) reference to Shakespeare as a playwright.
- September 26 - Rivales is performed again by members of Christ Church, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in the audience, during her second visit to the University of Oxford.
- Isaac Casaubon publishes his edition of Theophrastus's Characteres, setting him on a career as an editor.
- Approximate date of first printing of Journey to the West (attributed to Wu Cheng'en).
- Robert Greene
- The Black Books Messenger
- A Disputation Between a Hee Conny-Catcher and a Shee Conny-Catcher
- The Third and Last Part of Conycatching
- Greene's Groats-Worth of Wit, Bought with a Million of Repentance
- Greene's Vision, Written at the Instant of his Death
- A Quip for an Upstart Courtier
- Richard Johnson - Nine Worthies of London
- Anonymous (variously attributed to Thomas Kyd, William Shakespeare and/or Christopher Marlowe) - Arden of Faversham (published)
- Anonymous - A Knack to Know a Knave
- William Gager - Ulysses Redux (Latin)
- Thomas Kyd - The Spanish Tragedy (undated first printing, almost certainly between October and December this year; first performed around 1587)
- John Lyly - Gallathea and Midas published
- Christopher Marlowe - Edward II
- Thomas Nashe - Summer's Last Will and Testament
- Henry Constable - Diana
- Michael Drayton - The Shepherd's Garland
- Gabriel Harvey - Foure Letters and certaine Sonnets
- January 16 (baptised) – Henry King, English poet and bishop (died 1669)
- January 22 – Pierre Gassendi, French philosopher and scientist (died 1655)
- March 28 – Comenius, Czech teacher and writer (died 1670)
- May 8 – Francis Quarles, English poet (died 1644)
- July 10 – Pierre d'Hozier, French historian (died 1660)
- Unknown dates
- July 22 – Ludwig Rabus, German Lutheran theologian (born 1523)
- September 3 – Robert Greene, English writer (born 1558)
- September 13 – Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (born 1533)
- Unknown dates
- According to Thomas Nashe.
- Yu, Anthony C., ed. (1977). The Journey to the West 1. University of Chicago Press. p. 14.