1664 in literature
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The year 1664 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- April 6 - Moses ben Isaac Bonems is the first signatory of the approbations to works given by the members of the Council of Four Lands at the Gramnitza (candlestick) fair.
- June 20 - First performance of a play by Racine, the tragedy La Thébaïde, by Molière's troupe at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal (rue Saint-Honoré) in Paris.
- November 5 - Sir William Davenant's "dramatic opera" Macbeth, adapted from Shakespeare's play, is performed for the first time.
- Thomas Killigrew and the King's Company stage Killigrew's The Parson's Wedding with an all-female cast. (Killigrew attempts a similar all-female production of his play Thomaso, though the project is never realized.)
- Gazzetta di Mantova is first published in Mantua, Italy. By 2009 it will be the world's oldest private newspaper still published, and the oldest continuously published in print.
- Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle – Sociable Letters
- Charles Cotton – The Compleat Gamester
- René Descartes – Traité de l'homme et de la formation du foetus
- John Evelyn – Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest-Trees and the Propagation of Timber
- Richard Flecknoe – A Discourse of the English Stage
- John Heydon
- Theomagia, Part 3
- Lucy Hutchinson – Memoirs Of The Life Of Colonel Hutchinson
- Thomas Killigrew – collected plays
- William Killigrew – three plays in one folio volume
- William Shakespeare – the second impression of the Third Folio, which added seven plays to the thirty-six of the First Folio and the Second: Pericles, Prince of Tyre and six works from the Shakespeare Apocrypha
- Jeremy Taylor – Dissuasive from Popery
- Izaak Walton – The Compleat Angler, 3rd edition
- Lodowick Carlell – Heraclius, Emperor of the East published (adapted from Corneille's Heraclius)
- Pierre Corneille – Othon
- Sir William Davenant – The Rivals (an adaptation of The Two Noble Kinsmen)
- John Dryden – The Rival Ladies
- John Dryden and Sir Robert Howard – The Indian Queen
- George Etherege – The Comical Revenge or, Love in a Tub
- Edward Howard – The Usurper
- John Lacy – The Old Troop
- Molière – Tartuffe
- Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery – Henry V
- Thomas Porter – The Carnival
- Jean Racine – La Thébaide
- Joost van den Vondel – Adam in Ballingschap
- John Wilson
- Andronicus Comnenius
- The Projectors
- ?January 24 – Sir John Vanbrugh (died 1726)
- July 21 – Matthew Prior (died 1721)
- November 9 – Henry Wharton (died 1695)
- probable – William Mountfort (died 1692)
- January 20 – Isaac Ambrose, Puritan writer (born 1604)
- June 22 – Katherine Philips, British poet, translator and woman of letters (born 1632)
- July 16 – Andreas Gryphius, German lyric poet and dramatist (born 1616)
- August 16 - James Heath, Royalist historian (born 1629)
- August 23 - Jean Bagot, Jesuit theologian (born 1591)
- November 18 – Nikola Zrinski, Croatian and Hungarian military leader, statesman and poet (born 1620)
- date unknown
- probable - Henry Robinson, merchant and writer (born c.1604)