1702 in literature
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The year 1702 in literature involved some significant events.
- March 8 (O.S.) - Accession of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, upon the death of her brother-in-law William III.
- March 11 (O.S.) - The first regular English national newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time in Fleet Street in the City of London; it covers only foreign news.
- October - Jonathan Swift returns to Ireland in the company of Esther Johnson.
- The first book is printed using the Romain du Roi Roman typeface devized for use by the Imprimerie nationale in France, Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand.
- Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, is completed to the design of playwright John Vanbrugh and architect Nicholas Hawksmoor.
- Thomas Brown, et al. - Letters From the Dead to the Living
- Edmund Calamy - An Abridgement of Mr Baxter's History of His Life and Times
- Daniel Defoe
- An Enquiry into Occasional Conformity
- The Mock-Mourners (on the death of William III)
- A New Test of the Church of England's Loyalty
- Reformation of Manners
- The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (anonymous; December)
- The Spanish Descent
- John Dennis - The Monument
- Laurence Echard - A General Ecclesiastical History
- George Farquhar - Love and Business
- Edmund Gibson - Synodus Anglicana (on the convocation)
- Charles Gildon (?) - A Comparison Between the Two Stages (on the "War of the Theatres")
- Examen Miscellaneum
- Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon - The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England (aka "Clarendon's History")
- George Keith - The Standard of the Quakers Examined
- John Kersey - A New English Dictionary; or, a complete collection of the most proper and significant words, commonly used in the language
- Cotton Mather - Magnalia Christi Americana
- Matthew Prior - To a Young Gentleman in Love
- John Toland - Paradoxes of State
- Catherine Trotter Cockburn - A Defence of the Essay of Human Understanding (re John Locke)
- Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery - Altemira, posthumously published
- William Burnaby - The Modish Husband
- Susanna Centlivre - The Beau's Duel
- Colley Cibber - She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not
- John Dennis - The Comical Gallant
- George Farquhar
- The Inconstant
- The Twin-Rivals
- Bevil Higgons - The Generous Conqueror
- Nicholas Rowe - Tamerlane
- Sir Charles Sedley - The Tyrant King of Crete
- June 26 - Philip Doddridge, Nonconformist preacher and writer (died 1751)
- date unknown
- January 1 - Samuel Green, American printer (date of birth unknown)
- April 22 - François Charpentier, French archaeologist and writer (born 1620)
- May 27 - Dominique Bouhours, literary critic (born 1628)
- date unknown
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 201–202. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- Bolitho, Harold (2003), in Treasures of the Yenching: seventy-fifth anniversary of the Harvard-Yenching Library, Chinese University Press. ISBN 978-962-996-102-2. p. 35.