1615 in literature
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The year 1615 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January 6 - Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists, a masque written by Ben Jonson and designed by Inigo Jones, is performed at Whitehall Palace in London.
- January 13 - William Browne's masque Circe and Ulysses is staged at the Inner Temple in London.
- March 7–11 - King James I of England and Prince Charles visit the University of Cambridge, the first royal visit there since the progress of Queen Elizabeth I in 1564. The University stages entertainments that include performances in Latin of Cecil's Aemilia (March 7), Ruggle's farce Ignoramus (March 8), Tomkis's comedy Albumazar (March 9), and Brooke's Melanthe (March 10). The royals leave Cambridge prior to the première of Fletcher's Sicelides, a Piscatory (March 13). King James enjoys Ignoramus so much that he returns to Cambridge in May to see it again.
- In England, George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, imposes a year’s imprisonment for publishing Bibles without including the Apocrypha.
- English poet John Donne becomes an ordained minister in the Church of England.
- Pierre Dupuy is commissioned by Mathieu Molé, first president of the parlement of Paris, to draw up an inventory of the documents known as the Trésor des diaries.
- Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote, Part 2
- Johannes Valentinus Andreae - Confessio oder Bekenntnis der Societät und Bruderschaft Rosenkreuz
- Gervase Markham - The English Huswife, Containing the Inward and Outward Virtues Which Ought to Be in a Complete Woman
- Antoine de Montchrestien - Traité de l'économie politique
- Joseph Swetnam - The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women
- "R. A., Gent." (Robert Anton, Robert Aylett or Robert Armin?) - The Valiant Welshman, or the true Chronicle History of the Life and Valiant Deedes of Caradoc the Great, King of Cambria (published)
- Samuel Brooke - Melanthe
- William Browne - Circe and Ulysses
- Edward Cecil - Aemilia
- Tirso de Molina - Don Gil de las calzas verdes
- Lope de Vega
- La malcasada
- Santiago el verde
- Phineas Fletcher - Sicelides
- Thomas Heywood - The Four Prentices of London (published)
- Ben Jonson - Mercury Vindicated from the Alchemists
- Anthony Munday - Metropolis Coronata
- George Ruggle - Ignoramus
- Thomas Tomkis - Albumazar
- Lope de Vega - La Arcadia
- March 23 - Ferrante Pallavicino, satirist (died 1644)
- November 12 - Richard Baxter, religious leader and writer (died 1691)
- date unknown
- probable - Sir John Denham, poet (died 1669)
- February 4 - Giambattista della Porta, polymath (born c.1535)
- July 10 - Henry Neville, diplomat (credited by some with the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays) (born 1562)
- September 1 - Étienne Pasquier, historian (born 1529)
- November - Robert Armin, English actor and dramatist (born c.1563)
- date unknown