1693 in literature
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The year 1693 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- February 27–March 17 – John Dunton publishes The Ladies' Mercury in London, the first periodical specifically for women.
- March – William Congreve's first play, the comedy The Old Bachelor, is performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
- May – William Bradford prints the first book in New York, George Keith's New-England's Spirit of Persecution Transmitted to Pennsylvania.
- July 29 – Anthony Wood is condemned in the vice-chancellor's court of the University of Oxford for certain libels against Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon; he is fined, banished from the university until he recants, and the offending pages are burned.
- October – Congreve's comedy The Double Dealer is first performed at Drury Lane.
- Joseph Addison addresses an early poem to John Dryden.
- John Banks' historical play The Innocent Usurper, about Lady Jane Grey, is banned from the stage.
- The Genuine Remains of Dr. Thomas Barlow (posthumous)
- The Third Part of the Pilgrim's Progress (anonymous)
- Catherine Trotter (or Catherine Trotter Cockburn) – Olinda's Adventures; or, The Amours of a Young Lady
- Sir Thomas Urquhart and Peter Anthony Motteux – the first complete English translation of Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel
- Vertue rewarded, or The Irish princess
- John Bancroft – Henry the Second, King of England; With the death of Rosamond
- William Congreve
- Thomas D'Urfey – The Richmond Heiress, or A Woman Once in the Right
- Henry Higden – The Wary Widow, or Sir Noisy Parrot
- George Powell – A Very Good Wife (adapted from Richard Brome's The City Wit and The Court Beggar)
- Elkanah Settle – The New Athenian Comedy (published)
- Thomas Southerne – The Maid's Last Prayer, or Any Rather Than Fail
- John Dryden – Examen Poeticum: Being the Third Part of Miscellany Poems (anthology)
- John Dennis – The Impartial Critick
- John Dryden – A Discourse Concerning the Origin and Progress of Satire
- John Evelyn – The Compleat Gard'ner
- August Hermann Francke – Manuductio ad lectionem Scripturae Sacrae
- Robert Gould – The Corruption of the Times by Money
- John Locke – Some Thoughts Concerning Education
- Cotton Mather – Wonders of the Invisible World
- William Penn – An Essay towards the Present and Future Peace of Europe by the Establishment of a European Dyet, Parliament or Estates
- Thomas Rymer – A Short View of Tragedy
- Gabrielle Suchon – Traité de la morale et de la politique (On Morality and Politics)
- Samuel Wesley – The Life of Our Blessed Lord
- May 10 – John Fox, biographer (died 1763)
- date unknown – Fray Casimiro Diaz, O.S.A., Spanish Augustinian friar historical writer, author of Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas (died 1746)
- probable – Eliza Haywood, dramatist, journalist, and novelist (died 1756)
- April 9 – Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French memoirist (born 1618)
- May 25 – Madame de La Fayette, French writer (born 1634)
- August (end) – Charles Blount, English deist author (born 1654) (suicide)
- September 9 – Ihara Saikaku, Japanese poet and creator of the ukiyozōshi genre of prose (born 1642)
- Hochman, Stanley. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama 4. p. 542.
- "When Was the First Book Printed in NYC?". New–York Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
- Eames, Wilberforce (1928). The First Year of Printing in New York, May, 1693 to April, 1694. New York Public Library.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 198–200. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- McDermott, Hubert (Summer 1986). "Vertue Rewarded: The First Anglo-Irish Novel". Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review (Irish Province of the Society of Jesus) 75 (298): 177–185. JSTOR 30090731.
- Cunningham, Hugh. "Re-inventing childhood". open2.net. Open University. Retrieved 2010-06-16.