1654 in literature
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The year 1654 in literature involved some significant events.
- Lady Dorothy Osborne plays the lead role in a country-house staging of Sir William Berkeley's tragicomedy The Lost Lady. While the London theatres remain closed, amateur theatricals continue at private houses in England. Like performances of courtly masques before 1642, many of these performances feature women, foreshadowing the acceptance of professional women performers in the early Restoration era.
- Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery - Parlhenissa, a novel
- John Milton - Defensio Secunda
- Richard Sherlock - The Quaker's Wilde Questions objected against the Ministers of the Gospel.
- Anonymous - Alphonsus Emperor of Germany published (wrongly attributed to George Chapman)
- Cyrano de Bergerac - Le Pédant joué ("The Pedant Tricked")
- Richard Flecknoe - Love's Dominion
- Henry Glapthorne (?) - Revenge for Honour published (wrongly attributed to George Chapman)
- James Howell - The Nuptials of Peleus and Thetis (published)
- Thomas Jordan - Cupid His Coronation
- Thomas May - Two Tragedies, viz. Cleopatra and Agrippina (published)
- Robert Mead - The Combat of Love and Friendship (published)
- Agustín Moreto - El desdén, con el desdén (first published)
- Philippe Quinault - L'Amant indiscret
- Joost van den Vondel - Lucifer
- John Webster (and Thomas Heywood?) - Appius and Virginia (published)
- Thomas Washbourne - Divine Poems
- March - Anne Lefèvre, better known as Madame Dacier (died 1720)
- March 16 - Andreas Acoluthus, Orientalist (died 1704)
- June 24 - Thomas Fuller, physician, preacher and writer (died 1734)
- date unknown - Gerrit van Spaan, Dutch writer (died 1711)
- February 18 - Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French essayist (born 1697)
- February 19 - Edmund Chilmead, writer and translator (born 1610)
- April 5 - Jacobus Trigland, Dutch theologian (born 1583)
- October - John Bastwick, Puritan physician and controversial writer (born 1593)
- November 30
- December - Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Ancram, Scottish nobleman and writer (born c.1578)
- date unknown