1623 in literature
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The year 1623 in literature involved some significant events.
- February 2 (Candlemas) - The King's Men perform Twelfth Night at the court of King James I of England.
- June 29 - Pedro Calderón de la Barca makes his debut as a playwright, his Amor, honor y poder (Love, Honor and Power) being performed at the Spanish Court. Two other plays follow this year.
- July 20 - Henry Herbert (Sir Henry as of August) becomes the deputy of Sir John Ashley, Master of the Revels, and takes over the office's duties. From 1623 until the theatres close in 1642, Herbert effectively controls professional drama in England.
- Between November 8 and early December - Publication of the "First Folio" (Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies), a collection of 36 of the plays of Shakespeare, half of which have not previously been printed, compiled posthumously by actors John Heminges and Henry Condell and published by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount in London.
- Procopius's long-lost Secret History is rediscovered in the Vatican Library.
- François le Métel de Boisrobert comes under the patronage of Cardinal Richelieu.
- Francis Bacon - De Augmentis Scientiarum
- Jakob Böhme
- On Election to Grace
- On Christ's Testaments
- Mysterium Magnum
- Clavis (Key)
- Tommaso Campanella - Civitas Solis ("The City of the Sun")
- William Drummond of Hawthornden - Flowers of Sion
- James Mabbe - Guzmán de Alfarache, translated from the Spanish-language original of Mateo Alemán
- Giambattista Marini - Adone
- Antonio de León Pinelo - Discurso de la importancia, de la forma, y de la disposicion de la colleccion de las leyes de Indias
- George Wither - Hymnes and Songs of the Church
- Anonymous (Robert Ward?) - Fucus Histriomastix
- Richard Brome - A Fault in Friendship (lost), his earliest known play
- Pedro Calderón de la Barca
- Amor, honor y poder
- La selva confusa
- Los Macabeos
- Thomas Dekker (& John Day?) - The Wonder of a Kingdom
- Thomas Dekker, John Ford, & William Rowley (?) - The Spanish Gypsy
- Thomas Drue - The Duchess of Suffolk
- John Fletcher and Philip Massinger - The Lovers' Progress
- John Fletcher and William Rowley - The Maid in the Mill
- John Hacket - Loiola
- Ben Jonson - Time Vindicated to Himself and to His Honours (masque)
- Philip Massinger
- Robert Ward (?) - Fucus Histriomastix
- John Webster
Main article: 1623 in poetry
- Martin Opitz - Lob des Feldlebens
- June 19 – Blaise Pascal, French philosopher (died 1662)
- October 17 – Francis Turretin, Swiss theologian (died 1687)
- Unknown dates
- January 15 – Paolo Sarpi, Venetian church historian (born 1552)
- August 6 – Anne Hathaway (Shakespeare), English widow of William Shakespeare (born 1556)
- November – William Jaggard, English printer (born c. 1568)
- November 9 – William Camden, English historian (born 1551)
- November 11 – Philippe de Mornay, French Protestant writer (born 1549)
- December 31 – Philipp Clüver, German historian (born 1580)
- Unknown dates