1662 in literature
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The year 1662 in literature involved some significant events.
- September 29 - Samuel Pepys sees the King's Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in London. In his Diary, he calls it "The most insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life."
- December 26 - Première of Molière's comedy The School for Wives at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal (rue Saint-Honoré) in Paris.
- Two autos sacramentales by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, entitled Las órdenes militares and Mística y real Babilonia, are the subject of an inquiry by the Spanish Inquisition; the former is censured, its manuscript copies confiscated, and remains condemned until 1671.
- The Parliament of England passes the first Printing Act of the Restoration era, the Licensing of the Press Act, which restricts London printers to a total of 24, each with no more than three presses and three apprentices. Books printed abroad are banned. Roger L'Estrange is granted a warrant to seize seditious books or pamphlets.
- John Ogilby, Master of the Revels in Ireland, opens the first Theatre Royal, Dublin, in Smock Alley.
- Book of Common Prayer (revised)
- Margaret Cavendish - Orations of Diverse Persons
- Cyrano de Bergerac (posthumous) - États et Empires du Soleil ("The States and Empires of the Sun")
- Franciscus van den Enden - Kort Verhael van Nieuw-Nederland (Brief Account of New Netherland)
- Thomas Fuller - The History of the Worthies of England
- John Heydon
- The Harmony of the World
- The English Physician's Guide
- Theomagia, Part 1
- Huang Zongxi - Waiting for the Dawn
- Baruch Spinoza - On the Improvement of the Understanding
- Margaret Cavendish - Plays Written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious and Excellent Princess, the Lady Marchioness of Newcastle (closet dramas)
- Aston Cockayne – The Tragedy of Ovid published
- Pierre Corneille - Sertorius
- Sir William Davenant - The Law Against Lovers
- William Heminges - The Jews' Tragedy published
- Robert Howard - The Committee
- Francis Kirkman - The Wits, or Sport for Sport (collection of drolls)
- Thomas Middleton and John Webster - Anything for a Quiet Life published
- Molière - L'école des femmes (The School for Wives)
- Ferdinando Parkhurst - Ignoramus (English translation of George Ruggle's Latin play)
- John Wilson - The Cheats
- Joost van den Vondel - Joannes de Boetgezant
- Michael Wigglesworth - The Day of Doom, or A Poetical Description of the Great and Last Judgement
- January 27 - Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (died 1742)
- March 15 - Gabriel Álvarez de Toledo, Spanish Royal Librarian and poet (died 1714)
- October 18 - Matthew Henry, English Bible commentator (died 1714)
- December 17 - Samuel Wesley, English poet and author (died 1735)
- John Hudson, English classical scholar and librarian (died 1719)
- March 30 - François le Métel de Boisrobert, poet (born 1592)
- May - Daniel de Priézac, political writer (born 1590)
- August - Henry Jeanes, Puritan controversialist and pamphleteer (born 1611)
- August 17 - Richard Hubberthorne, Quaker preacher and writer (born 1628)
- August 19 - Blaise Pascal, philosopher (born 1623)