1712 in literature
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The year 1712 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- July 7 - Henry St. John is elevated to the peerage of Great Britain as Viscount Bolingbroke for his services in Robert Harley's Tory ministry.
- August 14 - Alexander Pope outlines his project for a satirical periodical, The Works of the Unlearned; from this develops the Scriblerus Club, whose members include Pope, Jonathan Swift, John Gay, Thomas Parnell, Robert Harley, Henry St. John and Dr John Arbuthnot (at whose house they meet).
- August 23 - Lady Mary Pierrepont marries Edward Wortley Montagu, following their elopement.
- October 31 - King Philip V of Spain establishes the Biblioteca Nacional de España as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio) in Madrid.
- November 4 - Bandbox Plot: Jonathan Swift foils an attempted murder of Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.
- Shota Rustaveli's 12th century poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin is first printed, in Tbilisi.
- John Arbuthnot – Law Is a Bottomless Pit (introducing the character of John Bull)). (first of a series of five tracts collected as The History of John Bull in the same year)
- George Berkeley – Passive Obedience
- Jean-Paul Bignon – Les Avantures d'Abdalla
- Richard Blackmore – Creation
- Sir Thomas Browne – Posthumous Works of the Learned Sir Thomas Browne
- Samuel Clarke – The Scripture-Doctrine of the Trinity
- Daniel Defoe (attrib) – A Further Search into the Conduct of the Allies
- John Dennis – An Essay upon the Genius and Writings of Shakespear
- William Diaper
- Thomas Ellwood – Davideis: the Life of David, King of Israel
- John Gay – The Mohocks
- Bernard de Mandeville – Typhon
- John Oldmixon
- The Dutch Barrier Ours
- Reflections on Dr Swift's Letter to the Ear of Oxford, About the English Tongue
- The Secret History of Europe
- Thomas Otway – The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway
- Matthew Prior – Erle Robert's Mice (imitation of Chaucer)
- Woodes Rogers – A cruising voyage round the world: first to the South-Sea, thence to the East-Indies, and homewards by the Cape of Good Hope
- Nicholas Rowe – Callipaedia (transl.)
- George Sewell – The Patriot
- Richard Steele as "Scoto-Brittanus" – The Englishman's Thanks to the Duke of Marlborough
- Jonathan Swift
- A Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue (signed)
- Some Advice Humbly Offer'd to the Members of the October Club
- Leonard Welsted – The Works of Dionysius Longinus, on the Sublime (one of the earliest translations of περί ύπσος in English)
- Susanna Centlivre – The Perplex'd Lovers
- Pierre de Marivaux – Le Père prudent et equitable
- John Philips – The Distrest Mother
- George Granville, Lord Lansdowne – Poems Upon Several Occasions
- Peter Anthony Motteux – A Poem Upon Tea
- John Philips – Poems
- Alexander Pope
- The Rape of the Lock
- Miscellaneous Poems and Translations
- Thomas Tickell – A Poem, to his Excellency the Lord Privy-Seal
- John Wright – The Best Mirth (hymns)
See also 1712 in poetry
- March 22 – Edward Moore, dramatist (died 1757)
- June 28 – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher (died 1778)
- September 15 – Pierre Simon Fournier, type designer (died 1768)
- November 1 – Antonio Genovesi, philosopher (died 1769)
- December 11 – Count Francesco Algarotti, philosopher and art critic. (died 1764)
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- April 5 – Jan Luyken, poet and artist (born 1649)
- April 11 – Richard Simon, biblical critic (born 1638)
- April 30 – Philipp van Limborch, theologian (born 1633)
- June 12 – Carlo Alessandro Guidi, poet (born 1650)
- August 3 – Joshua Barnes, scholar (born 1654)
- September 23 – Thomas Halyburton, theologian (born 1674)
- December 25 – William King, poet (born 1663)
- "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion," Metropolitan Museum of Art (2006), exhibition brochure, p. 2.