1631 in literature
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The year 1631 in literature involved some significant literary events and new books.
- January 9 - Love's Triumph Through Callipolis, a masque written by Ben Jonson and designed by Inigo Jones, is staged at Whitehall Palace.
- January 11 - The Master of the Revels refuses to license Philip Massinger's new play, Believe as You List, because of its seditious content.
- February 22 - Chloridia, the year's second Jonson/Jones masque, is performed.
- June 10 - The King's Men perform Pericles, Prince of Tyre at the Globe Theatre.
- The young Blaise Pascal moves with his family to Paris.
- Thomas Hobbes is employed as a tutor by the Cavendish family, to teach the future Earl of Devonshire.
- Roger Williams arrives in Boston, Mass.
- Johann Philipp Abelin - Arma Suecica, volume 1
- Moses Amyraut - Traité des religions
- Collected works of Jacobus Arminius published posthumously in Frankfurt
- Robert Fludd - Medicina Catholica (Volume 2)
- Thomas Harriot - Artis analyticae praxis
- James Mabbe - Celestina, or the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea, a 300-page closet drama or "novel in dialogue," translated from the Spanish-language original of Fernando de Rojas
- Wicked Bible, a reprint of the King James Bible notable for typographical errors
- William Oughtred - Clavis mathematicae
- Anonymous - Fair Em published
- George Chapman - Caesar and Pompey published
- Henry Chettle - Hoffman published
- Thomas Goffe - The Raging Turk published
- Peter Hausted - Senile Odium
- Thomas Heywood - The Fair Maid of the West, Parts 1 and 2 published
- Ben Jonson
- Ralph Knevet - Rhodon and Iris (masque)
- James Mabbe - The Spanish Bawd published
- Jean Mairet - La Silvanire, ou la Morte-vive
- Shackerley Marmion - Holland's Leaguer runs for a highly-unusual six straight performances
- John Marston, with William Barkstead & Lewis Machin (?) - The Insatiate Countess published
- Philip Massinger
- Thomas May - Antigone, the Theban Princess published
- Jean Rotrou - L'Hypocondriaque
- James Shirley
- Aurelian Townshend - Albion's Triumph (masque)
- Robert Ward (?) - Fucus Histriomastix
- Arthur Wilson - The Swisser
- Richard Zouche - The Sophister
- Richard Braithwaite - The English Gentleman
- January 1 - Katharine Philips, poet, "Orinda" (died 1664)
- March 6 - René Le Bossu, critic (died 1680)
- August 9 - John Dryden, poet and dramatist (died 1700)
- date unknown
- March 31 - John Donne, poet (born 1572)
- May - Samuel Harsnett, religious writer (born 1561)
- May 6 - Robert Bruce Cotton, founder of the Cotton Library (born 1570)
- July - Enrico Caterino Davila, historian (born 1576)
- July 28 - Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, dramatist (born 1569)
- September 22 - Cardinal Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, founder of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (born 1564)
- November 29 - Edmond Richer, theologian (born 1559)
- December 23 - Michael Drayton, poet (born 1563)