1751 in literature
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The year 1751 in literature involved some significant events and new books.
- Denis Diderot's Encyclopedia first volume appears.
- In Vienna, court poet Metastasio writes the poem Il rè pastore, later used by Mozart to compose an opera seria.
- The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy becomes the first formally published modern cookbook.
- John Arbuthnot - Miscellaneous Works (posthumous)
- John Gilbert Cooper - Cursory Remarks on Mr. Warburton's New Edition of Mr. Pope's Works
- Henry Fielding - An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers
- James Harris - Hermes
- Henry Home, Lord Kames - Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion
- David Hume - An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
- John Jortin - Remarks on Ecclesiastical History
- Robert Paltock - The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man
- Alexander Pope - The Works of Alexander Pope (ed. William Warburton)
- Catharine Trotter Cockburn - The Works of Mrs. Catharine Cockburn
- John Wesley - Serious Thoughts upon the Perseverance of Saints
- Benjamin Whichcote - Works
- Ignacio de Luzán - Memorias literarias de París
- John Cleland - Memoirs of a Coxcomb
- Francis Coventry - The History of Pompey the Little
- Henry Fielding - Amelia
- Eliza Haywood - The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless
- Tobias Smollett - The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
- Richard Owen Cambridge - The Scribleriad
- Thomas Cooke - An Ode on the Powers of Poetry
- Nathaniel Cotton - Visions in Verse
- Thomas Gray - Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
- Soame Jenyns - The Modern Fine Lady
- Mary Leapor - Poems
Newly printed drama
- February 20 – Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet and translator (died 1826)
- October 9 – Pierre Louis de Lacretelle, French political writer (died 1824)
- October 20 – Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish dramatist and politician (died 1816)
- Unknown dates
- Probable year of birth – Mary Scott, English poet (died 1793)
- May 24 – William Hamilton, Scottish poet (born c. 1665)
- October 26 – Philip Doddridge, English nonconformist leader, educator and hymnwriter (born 1702)
- October 29 – Bartholomew Green, Boston printer (born 1701)
- December 12 – Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English political philosopher (born 1678)
- Georgette Heyer - The Black Moth (1921 - her debut novel)
- Robert Louis Stevenson - Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751 (1886)