1596 in literature
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- June 22 - Lord Hunsdon dies; his place as Lord Chamberlain will be taken by William Brooke, 10th Baron Cobham. Unlike his predecessor, Lord Cobham is sympathetic to the Puritans and hostile to the actors of English Renaissance theatre. With Cobham's allowance, the Lord Mayor of the City of London bans players from the city and tears down the inn-theatres, the Bel Savage Inn, the Cross Keys Inn, and others. Fortunately for English literature, Cobham's service in the office is brief: he dies the next year, 1597.
- The first complete edition of The Faerie Queene in six books is published.
- James Burbage buys the disused Blackfriars Theatre from Sir William More for £600; yet he is prevented from using it for theatrical productions by the opposition of wealthy and influential neighbors.
- Thomas Harriot - Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
- Richard Johnson - The Famous Historie of the Seaven Champions of Christendom
- Thomas Nashe - Have With You to Saffron Walden
- Anonymous - Captain Thomas Stukeley
- William Burton - De Amoribus Perinthii et Tyanthes
- George Chapman - The Blind Beggar of Alexandria
- Antoine de Montchrestien - Sophonisbe
- Lope de Vega
- Los comendadores de Córdoba
- Los donaires de Matico
- El marqués de Mantua
- El remedio en la desdicha
- Thomas Kyd (probably; perhaps with Shakespeare) - The Raigne of King Edward the Third (published)
- William Shakespeare - Henry IV, Part 1
Main article: 1596 in poetry
- Thomas Campion - Poemata
- Bartholomew Griffin - Fidessa
- Francisco Rodrigues Lobo - Romances
- Edmund Spenser - Colin Clouts Come Home Againe
- March 31 – René Descartes, French philosopher (died 1650)
- August 18 – Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (died 1665)
- September – James Shirley, English dramatist (died 1666)
- September 4 – Constantijn Huygens, Dutch poet (died 1687)
- Unknown dates
- February 17 – Friedrich Sylburg, German classical scholar (born 1536)
- February 19 – Blaise de Vigenère, French cryptographer, diplomat, scientist, and author (born 1523)
- August – Hamnet Shakespeare, son of William (born 1585)
- October 3 – Florent Chrestien, French writer (born 1541)
- November – George Peele, dramatist (born 1556)
- November 1 – Pierre Pithou, French lawyer and scholar (born 1539)
- Probable year of birth – Henry Willobie, English poet (born 1575)