1722 in literature
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The year 1722 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- August 24 - Francis Atterbury, Bishop of Rochester, is arrested in his deanery and confined in the Tower of London, accused of leading the Jacobite "Atterbury Plot" in support of the pretender to the British throne James Francis Edward Stuart of the House of Stuart.
- November 7 - Sir Richard Steele's "sentimental comedy" The Conscious Lovers (loosely based on Terence) opens at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London with an initial run of eighteen consecutive nights.
- Voltaire and Jean-Baptiste Rousseau meet and quarrel at Brussels.
- Lille Grønnegade Theatre opens in Copenhagen, the first Danish-language theatre open to the public. The troupe comprises immigrant French actors who previously worked in the Danish royal theatre, with Ludvig Holberg as house dramatist. The comedies he writes for them this year include Jean de France.
- Construction of a new building for the Hof-Bibliothek ("Imperial Library") in Vienna, the modern-day Austrian National Library, begins.
- Ten-year-old Jean-Jacques Rousseau is abandoned by his father, Isaac.
- Edmund Bolton's Hypercritica is published, a century after it was written.
- Sharafuddin Ali Yazdi's Zafar Nama ("History of Timur", 1425) is published in a French translation by François Pétis de la Croix (d. 1713).
- First known Caslon serif typeface designed by William Caslon in England.
- William Wood (ironmaster) commences the minting (in London) of copper halfpence and farthings under patent for circulation in Ireland which will be the subject of the first of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters.
- Penelope Aubin (fiction)
- The Life and Amorous Adventures of Lucinda
- The Noble Slaves
- Phanuel Bacon - The Kite
- Daniel Bellamy - The Cambro-Britannic Engineer
- Thomas Cooke - Marlborough (written after his death)
- Samuel Croxall - Fables of Aesop and Others
- Daniel Defoe
- John Dennis - A Defence of Sir Fopling Flutter
- Johann Georg Gichtel - Theosophia Practica
- William Hamilton - The Life and Heroick Actions of the Renoun'd Sir William Wallace
- Eliza Haywood - The British Recluse (fiction)
- Hildebrand Jacob - Bedlam
- Allan Ramsay - Fables and Tales
- Sir Charles Sedley - Works
- William Sewel - The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People Called Quakers
- Jonathan Swift - A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General (satire on Marlborough, written before his death)
- Matthew Tindal - A Defence of Our Present Happy Establishment
- Isaac Watts - Death and Heaven
- William Wollaston - The Religion of Nature Delineated
- Henry Carey - Hanging and Marriage
- Ludvig Holberg
- Jean de France eller Hans Frandsen
- Jeppe paa Bjerget eller den forvandlede Bonde ("Jeppe of the Hill, or The Transformed Peasant")
- Mester Gert Westphaler
- Den Politiske Kandestøber ("The Political Tinker")
- Den Vægelsindede ("The Weathervane")
- Pierre de Marivaux - La Surprise de l'amour
- Ambrose Philips - The Briton
- Archibald Pitcairne - The Assembly, or Scotch Reformation
- Richard Steele - The Conscious Lovers
- February 24 - John Burgoyne, soldier and dramatist
- April - Joseph Warton, English poet and critic (died 1800)
- April 11 - Christopher Smart, English poet (died 1771)
- September 22 - John Home, Scottish dramatist (died 1808)
- October 4 - Dominic Schram, theologian (died 1797)
- date unknown
- January 23 - Henri de Boulainvilliers, historian (born 1658)
- March 11 - John Toland, philosopher (born 1670)
- August - Robert Sibbald, antiquary (born 1641)
- September 18 - André Dacier, French scholar (born 1651)
- December 26 - Jan František Beckovský, Czech historian and translator (born 1658)
- date unknown - Johann Michael Heineccius, theologian (born 1674)
- Hayton, D. W. (2004). "Atterbury, Francis (1663–1732)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/871. Retrieved 2012-11-22. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Canfield, J. Douglas, ed. (2001). The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century Drama.
- Danforth, Brian J. (Fall 2000). "Wood's Money: Acceptance or Rejection in Ireland". The C4 Newsletter 8 (3): 17–36.
- A Letter To the Shop-Keepers, Tradesmen, Farmers, and Common-People of Ireland, Concerning the Brass Half-Pence Coined by Mr. Woods (1724). Scott, Temple (1903). "Letter 1, Introductory Note". The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, vol. VI: The Drapier’s Letters. London: George Bell and Sons.