1713 in literature
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The year 1713 in literature involved some significant events.
- March 12 - Richard Steele and Joseph Addison found The Guardian; in the same year, Steele founds another short-lived periodical, The Englishman.
- April 14 - First performance, in London, of Addison's libertarian play Cato, a Tragedy, which will be influential on both sides of the Atlantic.
- First printing of Vitsentzos Kornaros's early 17th century Cretan romantic epic poem Erotokritos (Ἐρωτόκριτος), in Venice.
- Alexander Pope announces that he is to begin a definitive translation of the works of Homer.
- John Arbuthnot - Proposals for printing a very curious discourse... a treatise of the art of political lying, with an abstract of the first volume ("The Art of Political Lying")
- Jane Barker - The Amours of Bosvil and Galesia
- Richard Bentley as "Phileleutherus Lipsiensis" - Remarks upon a Late Discourse of Free-thinking (vs. Collins)
- George Berkeley - Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous
- Henry Carey - Poems on Several Occasions (with "Sally in Our Alley" and Namby Pamby)
- Anthony Collins - A Discourse of Free-thinking
- Daniel Defoe
- And What if the Pretender Should Come?
- A General History of Trade
- Reasons Against the Succession of the House of Hanover
- John Dennis - Remarks upon Cato
- Abel Evans - Vertumnus
- John Gay
- Rural Sports
- The Fan
- Edmund Gibson - Codex Juris Ecclesiastici Anglicani
- Antoine Hamilton - Mémoires du comte de Gramont (published anonymously)
- John Hughes - Letters of Abelard and Heloise (widely published transl.)
- Thomas Parnell - An Essay on the Different Stiles of Poetry
- Jonathan Swift - Mr. C--n's Discourse of Free-thinking, Put into Plain English (see above, Collins)
- - Part of the Seventh Epistle of the First Book of Horace Imitated
- John Toland - Reasons for Naturalizing the Jews in Great Britain and Ireland
- Ned Ward - The History of the Grand Rebellion
- Joseph Addison - Cato, a Tragedy
- John Gay - The Wife of Bath
- Charles Johnson - The Successful Pyrate (set off a minor furore over the morality of portraying pirates on stage; actually a satire)
- William Taverner - The Female Advocates
- Anne Finch - Miscellany Poems on Several Occasions
- Alexander Pope
- Windsor Forest
- Ode for Musick
- Edward Young
- An Epistle to Lord Lansdowne
- A Poem on the Last Day
See also 1713 in poetry
- April 12 - Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer (died 1796)
- July 9 - John Newbery, English publisher (died 1767)
- October 5 - Denis Diderot, French encyclopedist (died 1784)
- November 24 - Laurence Sterne, Irish-born novelist (died 1768)
- December - Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (died 1785)
- January 5 - Jean Chardin, travel writer (born 1643)
- January 11 - Pierre Jurieu, French Protestant leader and religious writer (born 1637)
- May 20 - Thomas Sprat, clergyman and writer (born 1635)
- December 14 - Thomas Rymer, historiographer (born 1641)
- date unknown - Samuel Cobb, poet and critic (born 1675)