1690 in literature
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The year 1690 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- December 10 – Playwright Henry Nevil Payne is tortured for his role in the Montgomery Plot to restore James II to the throne — the last time a political prisoner is subjected to torture in Britain.
- Colley Cibber becomes an actor with the Drury Lane company.
- Nicholas Barbon – A Discourse of Trade.
- Pierre Bayle (attr.) – Avis important aux refugies.
- Sir Thomas Browne – A Letter to a Friend (published posthumously).
- John Locke – An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (dated this year but published in 1689).
- Samuel Pepys – Memoires of the Navy.
- Baro Urbigerus – Aphorismi Urbigerani.
- John Bancroft – King Edward III, with the Fall of Mortimer, Earl of March
- Aphra Behn – The Widow Ranter (published posthumously)
- Thomas Betterton – The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian (adapted from Fletcher and Massinger's The Prophetess; with music by Henry Purcell)
- Edmé Boursault – Esope à la ville
- Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery – Mr. Anthony published
- John Crowne – The English Friar, or the Town Sparks
- John Dryden
- Amphitryon, or the Two Sosias
- Don Sebastian
- George Powell
- Alphonso, King of Naples
- The Treacherous Brothers
- Elkanah Settle – Distress'd Innocence, or The Princess of Persia
- Thomas Shadwell – The Scourers
- Thomas Southerne – Sir Anthony Love
- "W. C." – The Rape Reveng'd, or the Spanish Revolution (adapted from William Rowley's All's Lost by Lust)
- February 3 – Richard Rawlinson, collector of manuscripts and curiosities (died 1755)
- September 12 – Peter Dens, Belgian Catholic theologian (died 1775)
- May 12 – John Rushworth, author of Historical Collections (born c.1612)
- October 3 – Robert Barclay, Quaker writer (born c.1648)
- October 25 – Cornelius Hazart, Dutch Jesuit controversialist (born 1617)
- date unknown – Franciscus Plante, Dutch poet (born 1613)
- probable – Jeremias Felbinger, German Socinian writer, teacher and lexicographer (born 1616)
- Cox, Michael, editor, The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-860634-6