1685 in literature
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The year 1685 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- February - The death of King Charles II of England results in one of the major theatrical flops of the Restoration era: Albion and Albanius — an allegorical drama in praise of the late king, with text by John Dryden and music by Louis Grabu — is in rehearsals at the time.
- June - A revised version of Albion and Albanius fails, largely because it coincides with the Duke of Monmouth's invasion.
- June - Parliament revives the Printing Act of 1662, limiting London printers.
- Antoine Furetière is expelled from the French Academy.
- Scipion Abeille - Histoire des Os ("Description of the Bones")
- Aphra Behn - Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
- Ihara Saikaku - Five Women Who Loved Love
- Jean Galbert de Campistron - Andronic
- John Crowne - Sir Courtly Nice
- Thomas d'Urfey
- Nahum Tate
- January 9 - Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch critic (died 1766)
- March 12 - George Berkeley (died 1753)
- June 30 - John Gay, poet and dramatist (died 1732)
- March 18 - Francis Harold, Franciscan historian
- April - Thomas Otway, dramatist (born 1652)
- April 29 - Luc d'Achery, Maurist librarian and author of text-critical editions of medieval manuscripts (born 1609)
- June 17 - Andrew Allam, historian (born 1655)
- October 23 - Yamaga Sokō, Japanese philosopher (born 1622)
- date unknown
- ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION. Accessed 27 April 2013