1721 in literature
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The year 1721 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- John Cleland becomes a pupil at Westminster School and is soon expelled for an unknown offense.
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu introduces the Ottoman Turkish method of inoculation against smallpox – variolation – to London; the Princess of Wales is persuaded to test the treatment and the procedure becomes fashionable.
- Thomas Parnell's A Night-Piece on Death is published, inaugurating the "Graveyard poets" movement.
- Joseph Addison - The Works of Joseph Addison
- Penelope Aubin - The Strange Adventures of the Count de Vinevil and His Family
- - The Life of Madam de Beaumont
- Nathan Bailey - An Universal Etymological English Dictionary
- George Berkeley - An Essay Towards Preventing the Ruine of Great Britain
- Richard Blackmore - A New Version of the Psalms of David
- Shaftesbury - Letters from the Late Earl of Shaftesbury, to Robert Molesworth
- Charles Gildon - The Laws of Poetry
- Eliza Haywood - Letters from a Lady of Quality to a Chevalier (transl.)
- Montesquieu - Lettres persanes (Persian Letters)
- Alexander Pennecuik - An Ancient Prophecy Concerning Stock-Jobbing, and the Conduct of the Directors of the South-Sea-Company
- Matthew Prior - Colin's Mistakes
- John Strype - Ecclesiastical Memorials
- Emanuel Swedenborg - Prodromus principiorum rerum naturalium
- Jonathan Swift - The Bubble
- - A Letter to a Young Gentlleman, Lately Enter'd into Holy Orders
- Thomas Tickell - Kensington Garden
- Robert Wodrow - The History of the Sufferings of the Church of Scotland
- Colley Cibber - The Refusal
- Eliza Haywood - The Fair Captive
- John Mottley - Antiochus
- Thomas Odell - The Chimera
- Edward Young - The Revenge
- March 19 - Tobias Smollett, Scottish physician and author (died 1771)
- November 9 - Mark Akenside, poet (died 1770)
- December 27 - François Hemsterhuis, moral philosopher (died 1790)
- date unknown
- January 3 - Juan Núñez de la Peña, historian (born 1641)
- August 13 - Jacques Lelong, French bibliographer (born 1665)
- September 18 - Matthew Prior, British poet and diplomat (born 1664)
- December 13 - Alexander Selkirk, the model for Robinson Crusoe (born 1676)
- date unknown
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Grundy, Isobel (2004). "Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2011-09-27. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Case, Christine L.; King-Thom, Chung (1997). "Montagu and Jenner: The Campaign Against Smallpox". SIM News 47 (2): 58–60. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
- Carrell, Jennifer Lee (2003). The Speckled Monster: A Historical Tale of Battling Smallpox. New York: Dutton. ISBN 0-525-94736-1.