1674 in literature
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The year 1674 in literature involved some significant events.
- Isaac de Benserade is elected to the French Academy, along with Pierre Daniel Huet.
- Thomas Ken and Izaak Walton visit Rome together.
- The new Theatre Royal, Drury Lane opens in March. Designed by Christopher Wren, it replaces the original theatre that burned down in 1672.
- Schlosstheater Celle founded; by the 21st century it will be the oldest surviving theatre in Germany.
- The derivative nature of Restoration drama is richly displayed when the Duke's Company produces Thomas Shadwell's "operatic" re-adaptation of Dryden and Davenant's 1667 adaptation of The Tempest. In response, their rivals at the King's Company stage The Mock Tempest, or the Enchanted Castle by Thomas Duffet.
- Samuel Chappuzeau - Le Théâtre François
- John Evelyn - Navigation and Commerce
- John Josselyn - An Account of the Voyages to New England, London: Printed for Giles Widdows
- Thomas Ken - Manual of Prayers for the use of the Scholars of Winchester College
- Anthony Wood - Historia et antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis
- Anonymous (and John Dryden?) - The Mistaken Husband
- William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle - The Triumphant Widow
- Pierre Corneille - Suréna
- John Crowne - Andromache
- Sir William Davenant - Macbeth, a "dramatic opera" adapted from Shakespeare's play, is published
- Thomas Duffet (attributed to) - The Amorous Old Woman
- The Empress of Morocco: a Farce
- The Mock Tempest
- Nathaniel Lee - The Tragedy of Nero, Emperour of Rome
- Jean Racine - Iphigénie
- January 15 - Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, poet and dramatist (died 1762)
- June 20 - Nicholas Rowe (dramatist) (died 1718)
- October - Thomas Ruddiman, classical scholar (died 1757)
- October 6 - Nicolas-Hubert de Mongault, French ecclesiastic and writer (died 1746)
- ?December - Christmas Samuel, Independent minister and writer (died 1764)
- March 7 - Charles Sorel, sieur de Souvigny, novelist (born 1602)
- June 14 - Marin le Roy de Gomberville, poet and novelist (born 1600)
- August 13 - Lucidor, burlesque poet (born 1638) (killed in a duel)
- September 27
- October - Robert Herrick, poet (born 1591)
- November 8 - John Milton, poet, prose writer, polemicist and civil servant (born 1608)
- December 9 - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon (born 1609)
- date unknown - Miguel Sánchez, Novohispano priest, writer and theologian (born 1594)