1620 in literature
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The year 1620 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- September 6 - Thomas Middleton is appointed chronologer of the City of London.
- December 16 - The Book of Psalmes: Englished both in Prose and Metre with Annotations by Henry Ainsworth is the only book brought to New England by the pilgrim settlers.
- John Taylor "The Water Poet" publishes The Praise of Hemp-Seed; with The Voyage of Mr. Roger Bird and the Writer hereof, in a Boat of browne-Paper, from London to Quinborough in Kent. As also, a Farewell to the matchlesse deceased Mr. Thomas Coriat in London, including the first mention in print of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Francis Beaumont in 1616.
- Appearance of the second version of The Ballad of Chevy Chase.
- A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de las Casas and Origin and progress of the disturbances in the Netherlands by Johannes Gysius is re-published in the Netherlands.
- Johann Valentin Andreae - De curiositatis pernicie syntagma
- Francis Bacon - Novum Organum
- John Bainbridge's translation of Ptolemy's De Planetarum Hypothesibus
- Jacob Boehme
- The Threefold Life of Man
- Forty Questions on the Soul
- The Incarnation of Jesus Christ
- The Six Theosophical Points
- The Six Mystical Points
- Miguel de Cervantes translated by Thomas Shelton - Don Quixote (Second Part)
- Feng Menglong
- Nicolaus Hunnius - Examen errorum Photinianorum
- Michael Maier - Septima Philosophica
- Bishop William Morgan, revised by Bishop Richard Parry and John Davies (Mallwyd) - Y Bibl Cyssegr-lan (Bible translation into Welsh)
- Salomon de Caus - Hortus Palatinus
- Thomas Rowlands - The Night Raven
- Anonymous (Thomas Heywood?) - Swetnam the Woman-Hater published
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - Philaster published
- Thomas Dekker and Philip Massinger - The Virgin Martyr
- Ben Jonson
- Thomas Middleton & William Rowley - The World Tossed at Tennis (masque)
- Friedrich Menius, ed. - Englishe Comedien und Tragedien (translated collection)
Main article: 1620 in poetry
- July 20 – Nikolaes Heinsius the Elder, Dutch poet and scholar (died 1681)
- October 31 – John Evelyn, English diarist (died 1706)
- November 10 – Ninon de l'Enclos, French author and patron of the arts (died 1705)
- Unknown dates
- Probable date – Melchisédech Thévenot, French polymath (died 1692)
- Approximate date - William Maurice, Welsh antiquary (died 1680)
- February 1 – Mario di Calasio, Italian author of Hebrew concordance (born 1550)
- February 19 – Roemer Visscher, Dutch writer (born 1547)
- March 1 – Thomas Campion, English poet and composer (born 1567)
- Unknown dates
- Thomas Middleton: Final Decade. Accessed 2 February 2013
- "Plimoth Plantation". Retrieved 2013-02-02.
- "The First Winter 1620-1621". Plimoth on Web. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
- "Mirror of the Cruel and Horrible Spanish Tyranny Perpetrated in the Netherlands, by the Tyrant, the Duke of Alba, and Other Commanders of King Philip II". World Digital Library. 1620. Retrieved 2013-08-25.