1655 in literature
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The year 1655 in literature involved some significant events.
- February 24 - English playwright Thomas Porter abducts his future bride Anne Blount.
- March 26 - Thomas Porter kills a soldier named Thomas Salkeld in Covent Garden, probably in a duel, is consequently tried for murder, pleads guilty to manslaughter, is allowed benefit of clergy, and is sentenced to be burned in the hand.
- May–October - Church of England clergyman Jeremy Taylor is imprisoned at Chepstow Castle for an injudicious preface to his popular manual of devotion, Golden Grove; or a Manuall of daily prayers and letanies, published this year.
- August 6 - The Blackfriars Theatre in London is demolished.
- October 29 - To celebrate Lord Mayor's Day, Edmund Gayton's pageant Charity Triumphant or the Virgin Show is staged in London; it is the first City pageant in fifteen years.
- Thomas Stanley begins his History of Philosophy.
- John Bramhall - Defense of True Liberty; Bramhall, an Anglican divine, begins a correspondence of treatises with Thomas Hobbes
- Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle - The World's Olio
- Thomas Fuller - The Church History of Britain
- John Heydon - Eugenius Theodidacticus
- Michel Millot - L'Escole des filles
- William Prynne - A New Discovery of Free-State Tyranny
- Sir William Sales - Theophania
- John Wallis - Elenchus geomeiriae Hobbianae, an attack on the work of Thomas Hobbes
- Izaak Walton - The Compleat Angler, second edition
- Anonymous - The Gossips' Brawl, or the Women Wear the Breeches
- Antony Brewer - The Lovesick King
- Lodowick Carlell - The Passionate Lovers, Parts 1 and 2
- Robert Daborne - The Poor Man's Comfort
- Robert Davenport - King John and Matilda
- Thomas Heywood & William Rowley - Fortune by Land and Sea
- Sir William Lower - Polyeuctes, or the Martyr
- Philip Massinger - Three New Plays, a collection that included The Guardian, The Bashful Lover, and (with John Fletcher) A Very Woman
- William Rider - The Twins
- James Shirley - The Gentleman of Venice and The Politician
- Jeremy Taylor - Golden Grove; or a Manuall of daily prayers and letanies . .
- Henry Vaughan - Silex Scintillans (part 2)
- January 1 - Christian Thomasius, German philosopher (died 1728)
- November (approximate date) - Jacob Tonson, English bookseller and publisher (died 1736)
- February 25 - Daniel Heinsius, poet (born 1580)
- July 28 - Cyrano de Bergerac, dramatist, himself the subject of a famous play by Edmond Rostand (born 1619)
- September 7 - François Tristan l'Hermite, dramatist (born c. 1601)
- October 24 - Pierre Gassendi, philosopher (born 1592)
- probable - John Reynolds, poet, story-writer and political pamphleteer (born c.1588)