1679 in literature
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This article lists some of the most significant events of the year 1679 in literature.
- June - Nathaniel Lee's play The Massacre at Paris (about the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, as was Marlowe's play of the same title) is suppressed by King Charles II of England as anti-French, the French being English allies at this time.
- December 18 - Rose Alley ambuscade: John Dryden is set upon by three assailants in London, thought to have been instigated by the John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester in retaliation for an attack on "want of wit" in his poetry in The Essay on Satire (nominally by Dryden's patron, the poet John Sheffield, Earl of Musgrave, but probably with input from Dryden).
- John Locke returns to England from France.
- Étienne Baluze becomes almoner to King Louis XIV of France.
- Thomas Otway returns to England from military service in the Netherlands.
- Beaumont and Fletcher - Fifty Comedies and Tragedies, the second folio
- Aphra Behn
- The Feigned Courtesans
- The Young King
- John Crowne - The Ambitious Statesman, or the Loyal Favourite
- John Dryden
- Nathaniel Lee
- Caesar Borgia
- The Massacre at Paris
- Thomas Otway - The History and Fall of Caius Marius
- Jacques Pradon - La Troade
- Thomas Shadwell - The Woman Captain
- "Ephelia" (Mary Villiers?) - Female Poems...by Ephelia
- January 24 - Christian Wolff (philosopher) (died 1745)
- February - Abel Evans, poet (died 1737)
- August 16 - Catherine Trotter Cockburn, novelist, dramatist and philosopher (died 1749)
- September 11 - Thomas Parnell, clergyman and poet (died 1718)
- September 24 - Eugenio Gerardo Lobo, soldier and poet (died 1750)
- September 26 - Johann Gottlob Carpzov, Biblical scholar (died 1767)
- October 26 - Heinrich Jacob Bashuysen, printer (died c. 1750)
- date unknown
- probable - Penelope Aubin, novelist and translator (died c. 1731)
- January 11 - Joannes Lucius, Dalmatian historian (born 1604)
- February 5 - Joost van den Vondel, Dutch dramatist (born 1587)
- April 4 - Christian Hoffmann von Hoffmannswaldau, German poet (born 1616)
- October 12 - William Gurnall, religious writer (born 1617)
- October 26 - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery (born 1621)
- December 4 - Thomas Hobbes, philosopher (born 1588)
- date unknown