1705 in literature
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The year 1705 in literature involved some significant literary events and new books.
- George Hickes' Linguarum veterum septentrionalium thesaurus grammatico-criticus et archæologicus vol. 2 (published in Oxford) includes the first published reference to Beowulf and the only surviving transcript of the Finnesburg Fragment.
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon almost totally abandons the writing of kabuki plays and is appointed staff writer to the bunraku theater in Osaka.
- William Somervile inherits his father's estate, where his participation in field sports will furnish the material for much of his poetry.
- Richard Steele leaves the army and marries wealthy widow Margaret Stretch.
- Claude Pierre Goujet enters holy orders.
- William Walsh begins his correspondence with Alexander Pope.
- Construction begins on Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, designed by playwright John Vanbrugh for the Duke of Marlborough.
- July 29 - Richard Challoner enters the English College, Douai.
- October 30 - John Vanbrugh's play The Confederacy (adapted from the French) is first performed at his new London playhouse, The Queen’s Theatre in Haymarket.
- December 27 - John Vanbrugh's play The Mistake (adapted from the French) is first performed at his new London playhouse, The Queen’s Theatre in Haymarket.
- Joseph Addison - Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
- Mary Astell - The Christian Religion as Profess'd by a Daughter of the Church
- Dimitrie Cantemir - Historia Hieroglyphica (the first novel to use the Romanian language)
- George Cheyne - Philosophical Principles of Natural Religion (deist)
- Samuel Clarke - A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God
- Mary Davys - The Fugitive (prose)
- Daniel Defoe
- The Consolidator
- A Second Volume of the Writings of the Author of the True-Born Englishman
- John Dunton - The Life and Errors of John Dunton Late Citizen of London (humor)
- Edmund Gibson - Family-Devotion
- Charles Gildon - The Deist's Manual
- Charles Johnson - The Queen; a Pindaric Ode
- Gottfried Leibniz - Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain ("New Essays on Human Understanding")
- Bernard de Mandeville - The Grumbling Hive (piratad edn.)
- Delarivière Manley - The Secret History, of Queen Zarah, and the Zarazians (roman a clef)
- John Philips
- The Splendid Shilling
- Katherine Philips - Letters of Orinda to Poliarchus
- Matthew Prior (posthumous) - An English Padlock
- Jonathan Swift - A Tale of a Tub, fifth edition (with Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, The Battle of the Books, and Notes)
- John Toland - Primitive Constitution of the Christian Church
- Thomas Baker - Hampstead Heath
- Susannah Centlivre
- The Gamester
- The Basset-Table
- Colley Cibber - The Careless Husband
- Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon - Idoménée
- John Dennis - Gibraltar, or the Spanish Adventure
- George Granville - The British Enchanters
- Peter Anthony Motteux
- The Amorous Miser, or the Younger the Wiser
- Arsinoe, Queen of Cyprus (opera)
- William Mountfort - Zelmane
- Mary Pix (attributed) - The Conquest of Spain (adapted from William Rowley's All's Lost by Lust)
- Richard Steele - The Tender Husband
- John Vanbrugh - The Mistake
- Richard Blackmore - Eliza
- Daniel Defoe
- The Double Welcome
- The Dyet of Poland
- Ned Ward - Hudibras Redidivus
- Isaac Watts - Horae Lyricae
See also 1705 in poetry
- January 21 - Isaac Hawkins Browne, poet (died 1760)
- February 13 - Franciszka Urszula Radziwiłłowa, first female Polish dramatist (died 1753)
- May - Ambrosius Stub, poet (died 1758)
- June 21 - David Hartley (philosopher) (died 1757)
- September 2 - Abraham Tucker, philosopher
- October 29 - Gerhardt Friedrich Müller, historian (died 1783)
- November 23 - Thomas Birch, British historian (died 1766)
- probable - Stephen Duck, poet (died 1756)
- January 4 - Madame d'Aulnoy, author of fairy tales (born c.1650)
- January 10 - Étienne Pavillon, French lawyer and poet (born 1632)
- February 5 - Philipp Jakob Spener, theologian (born 1635)
- April 2 - John Howe, theologian
- May 5 - Johann Ernst Glück, Lutheran writer (born 1654)
- June 10 - Michael Wigglesworth, poet (born 1631)
- October 17 - Ninon de l'Enclos, French courtesan and salon hostess (born 1620)
- November 10 - Justine Siegemund, author of a book on midwifery (born 1636)
- Encyclopædia Britannica.
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- "Who was John Vanbrugh?". Britain Unlimited. Archived from the original on 14 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama (2nd ed.).
- Celia Hawkesworth, A History of Central European Women's Writing, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, ISBN 0-333-77809-X
- Lynne Tatlock (translator): The Court Midwife: Chicago: University of Chicago Press: 2005: ISBN 0-226-75709-9