1715 in literature
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The year 1715 in literature involved some significant literary events and new works.
- ?August - Nicholas Rowe becomes Poet Laureate of Great Britain.
- First record of the actress and writer Eliza Haywood, performing in Thomas Shadwell's Shakespeare adaptation, Timon of Athens; or, The Man-Hater at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.
- Joseph Addison - The Free-Holder (periodical)
- Jane Barker - Exilius; or, The Banished Roman
- Richard Bentley - A Sermon upon Popery
- Charles Cotton - The Genuine Works of Charles Cotton
- Samuel Croxall - The Vision
- Daniel Defoe
- An Appeal to Honour and Justice
- The Family Instructor
- A Hymn to the Mob
- Elizabeth Elstob - The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue, first given in English; with an apology for the study of northern antiquities, the first grammar of Old English
- Alain-René Lesage (anonymous) - L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Books 1–6)
- Charles Montagu - The Works and Life of the Late Earl of Halifax
- Alexander Pope
- The Temple of Fame (based on Chaucer)
- The Iliad of Homer vol. i.
- Jonathan Richardson - An Essay on the Theory of Painting
- "Captain" Alexander Smith - The Secret History of the Lives of the Most Celebrated Beauties, Ladies of Quality, and Jilts
- Richard Steele
- The Englishman: Second Series (periodical)
- Town-Talk (periodical)
- William Symson (pseudonymous) - A New Voyage to the East Indies
- Thomas Tickell - The First Book of Homer's Iliad
- Isaac Watts
- Divine Songs
- A Guide to Prayer
- Christopher Bullock
- The Slip
- A Woman's Revenge (adapted from Aphra Behn)
- Henry Carey - The Contrivances
- Susanna Centlivre - The Gotham Election (unacted because of political content)
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon - The Battles of Coxinga (国姓爺合戦, Kokusen'ya Kassen)
- Charles Rivière Dufresny - La Coquette de village
- John Gay, Alexander Pope, and John Arbuthnot - What d'ye call it?
- Benjamin Griffin
- Injured Virtue; or, The Virgin Martyr
- Love in a Sack
- Charles Molloy - The Perplex'd Couple
- Nicholas Rowe -The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey
- Lewis Theobald - The Perfidious Brother (plagiarized)
- John Vanbrugh - The Country House
- January 14 (baptised) – Frances Vane, Viscountess Vane (Lady Fanny), English memoirist (died 1788)
- January 26 or February 26 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosophical writer (died 1771)
- September 30 – Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosophical writer (died 1780)
- October 1 – Richard Jago, English poet (died 1781)
- Probable year of birth – John Hawkesworth, English writer and editor (died 1773)
- February 25 – Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (born 1640)
- March 8 – William Dampier, English explorer and writer (born 1651)
- March 17 – Gilbert Burnet, Scottish theologian and historian (born 1643)
- July 30 – Nahum Tate, Irish poet and hymnist (born (born 1652)
- Unknown date – Mary Monck, Irish poet (date of birth unknown)
- Blouch, Christine (Summer 1991). "Eliza Haywood and the Romance of Obscurity". SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 31 (3): 535–551. doi:10.2307/450861. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hawkesworth, John". Encyclopædia Britannica 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 97.