1670 in literature
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The year 1670 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- January – Françoise-Marguerite, daughter of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, marries the Comte de Grignan.
- August 18 – John Dryden is appointed as historiographer royal in England.
- September 20 – Production of Mrs Aphra Behn's first play, The Forced Marriage, at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre in London by the Duke's Company, with Thomas Betterton in the lead.
- November 21 – Première of Racine's tragedy Berenice by the Comédiens du Roi at the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris.
- First printed edition of Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love (written in the late 14th century), edited by Serenus de Cressy, the earliest known surviving book written in English by a woman.
- Charles Cotton – Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque
- Madame de La Fayette – Zayde
- Fulke Greville – The Remains of Sir Fulke Greville Lord Brooke
- Honcho Tsugan (Japanese classic text)
- Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon – The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England
- Julian of Norwich – Revelations of Divine Love
- Gilles Ménage – Dictionnaire etymologique (2nd edition)
- Blaise Pascal – Pensées (posthumously published)
- William Penn – The Great Cause of Liberty of Conscience
- John Ray – English Proverbs
- Thomas Tenison – The Creed of Mr. Hobbes Examined
- Izaak Walton – Life of George Herbert
- Leonard Willan – The Exact Politician, or Complete Statesman
- Aphra Behn – The Forced Marriage
- Thomas Betterton – The Amorous Widow, or the Wanton Wife (adapted from Molière)
- John Caryll – Sir Salomon, or the Cautious Coxcomb
- John Dryden – The Conquest of Granada
- Edward Howard – The Women's Conquest
- Molière – Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
- Jean Racine – Bérénice
- Thomas Shadwell – The Humorists
- January 24 – William Congreve, dramatist (died 1729)
- April 23 - Cassandra Willoughby, Duchess of Chandos, historian and travel writer (died 1735)
- November 30 – John Toland, controversial author (died 1722)
- December – Jean-Baptiste Dubos, historian (died 1742)
- date unknown
- March 10 - Ludovicus a S. Carolo, French Carmelite scholar, writer and bibliographer (born 1608)
- June 14 - François Annat, French Jesuit theologian (born 1590)
- August 7 - Ignacio de Arbieto, philosopher and historian of Peru (born 1585)
- October 27 – Vavasor Powell, Nonconformist writer (born 1617)
- November 15 – Comenius, Czech teacher and author (born 1592)
- December 11 - Thomas Adams, theologian (born 1633)
- The letters of Madame de Sevigne to her daughter and friends, Roberts Bros, 1878. Accessed 27 February 2013
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 274. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- "Behn, Aphra (c. 1640–1689)". novelguide.com. 2004. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- Garreau, Joseph E. (1984), "Jean Racine", in Hochman, Stanley (ed.), McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama 4 (2nd ed.), New York: McGraw-Hill, p. 194, ISBN 978-0-07-079169-5
- Julian of Norwich (1978). Colledge, Edmund; Walsh, James (ed.), ed. Showings. Paulist Press.