1710 in literature
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The year 1710 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- February - A year after the death of poet John Philips, Edmund Smith prints a "Poem to the Memory of Mr John Philips". Other memorials to the poet this year include "A Poem to the Memory of the Incomparable Mr Philips" by Leonard Welsted, and a monument in his memory is erected by Lord Harcourt in Westminster Abbey, between those to Chaucer and Drayton, with the motto "Honos erit huic quoque pomo" from the title page of Philips' work Cyder.
- April 10 - The Statute of Anne, the first modern copyright act, comes into force in Britain.
- April 28 - After Thomas Betterton's death this day, the great Shakespearean roles he dominated for a generation are divided up among fellow actors Barton Booth, Robert Wilks, and John Mills (who gets Macbeth).
- September 2 - Jonathan Swift, in London, begins his series of letters to Esther Johnson which will be collected and published after his death as A Journal to Stella.
- Colley Cibber becomes manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
- Antoine Houdar de la Motte is elected to the Académie française, taking the seat vacated by Thomas Corneille.
- Joseph Addison - The Whig Examiner (periodical)
- George Berkeley - Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
- Lady Mary Chudleigh - Essays Upon Several Occasions)
- Colley Cibber - The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus (roman à clef)
- Anthony Collins - A Vindication of the Divine Attributes
- Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury - Soliloquy
- François Pétis de la Croix - Les Mille et un jours (translation & adaptation of the One Thousand and One Nights, 1710-1712)
- Daniel Defoe - An Essay Upon Public Credit (on the balance of trade)
- George Farquhar - Barcellona: a poem; or, the Spanish expedition under the command of Charles Earl of Peterborough (epic)
- George Hickes - A Second Collection of Controversial Letters relating to the Church of England and the Church of Rome, as they passed between an honourable lady and Dr. George Hickes
- Gottfried Leibniz - Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal ("Essays of theodicy on the goodness of God, the freedom of man and the origin of evil")
- John Leland (d.1552) - The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary
- Delarivier Manley ("Eginardus") - Memoirs of Europe, towards the close of the eighth century (satire)
- Cotton Mather - Bonifacius: Essays To Do Good
- Ambrose Philips - Pastorals (igniting the argument with Alexander Pope)
- Samuel Richter (Sincerus Renatus) - Die wahrhaffte und volkommene Bereitung des philosophischen Steins der Brüderschaft aus dem Orden des Gülden und Rosen Kreutzes ("The true and complete preparation of the philosophical stone of the Brotherhood, from the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross")
- Jonathan Swift - A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick
- Ned Ward ("The author of the London-Spy") - Nuptial Dialogues and Debates; or, an useful prospect of the felicities and discomforts of a marry'd life, incident to all degrees, from the throne to the cottage
- Christian Wolff - Anfangsgründe aller mathematischen Wissenschaften
- William Congreve - Semele, an "unacted opera"
- Aaron Hill - Elfrid
- Charles Johnson - The Force of Friendship
- April 13 – Jonathan Carver, explorer and writer (died 1780)
- April 26 – Thomas Reid, Scottish philosophical writer (died 1796)
- October 24 – Alban Butler, hagiographer (died 1773)
- November 8 – Sarah Fielding, novelist (died 1768)
- November 13 – Charles Simon Favart, dramatist (died 1792)
- November 27 – Robert Lowth, poet and grammarian (died 1787)
- Unknown dates
- February 16 – Esprit Fléchier, French preacher and memoirist (born 1632)
- February 17 – George Bull, English theologian and bishop (born 1634)
- April 28 – Thomas Betterton, English actor-manager (born c. 1635)
- June 7 – Louise de la Vallière, French subject of a novel by Alexandre Dumas, père (born 1644)
- July 8 – Jean Donneau de Visé, historian, publicist and playwright (born 1638)
- December 14 – Henry Aldrich, English theologian and philosopher (born 1647)
- Unknown date – Lady Mary Chudleigh, English poet (born 1656
- Probable year of death – Marcus Meibomius, Danish Biblical and classical scholar (born c. 1630)
- "Philips, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Deazley, Ronan (2010). "The Statute of Anne and the Great Abridgement Swindle". Houston Law Review (University of Houston Law Center) 47 (4). ISSN 0018-6694.
- Ezell, Margaret J. M. "Selected Bibliography: Mary, Lady Chudleigh)." c18 Bibliographies On-Line. Ed. Jack Lynch. Rutgers, 1999. 16 December 2006 <http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/C18/biblio/chudleigh.html>.