1763 in literature
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This is a list of literature-related events in 1763.
- January - Christopher Smart's asylum confinement ends at Mr Potter’s asylum in London (he was admitted to St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in May 1757 and may have been confined before that; later he was moved to Potter's); while confined, Smart has written A Song to David, published this year, and Jubilate Agno, not published until 1939.
- April 30 - A warrant is issued in Britain for the arrest of John Wilkes for his seditious writings in The North Briton
- May 16 - James Boswell is introduced to Samuel Johnson at Thomas Davies's bookshop in Covent Garden, London.
- October 11 - Marriage of Henry Thrale and Hester Thrale, later close friends and companions of Dr Samuel Johnson.
- Fedor Emin writes Nepostoyannaya fortuna, the first Russian novel.
- The atheist English printer John Baskerville produces an edition of The Holy Bible for Cambridge University Press in his Baskerville typeface.
- Approximate date - Chinese Qing dynasty scholar Sun Zhu compiles Three Hundred Tang Poems, an anthology of poems from the Chinese Tang dynasty (618–907).
- The Peregrinations of Jeremiah Grant
- The Reign of King George VI, 1900-1925
- Frances Brooke - The History of Lady Julia Mandeville
- James Grieve - English translation of Stepan Krasheninnikov's History of Kamtschatka
- Susannah Minifie and Margaret Minifie - The Histories of Lady Frances S---- and Lady Caroline S----
- John Langhorne - The Letters that Passed Between Theodosius and Constantia
- Cao Xueqin - The Chronicles of the Stone
- Isaac Bickerstaffe - Love in a Village (opera)
- George Colman the Elder - The Deuce is in Him
- Nicolás Fernandez de Moratín - Lucrecia
- Mary Latter - The Siege of Jerusalem
- Juan José López de Sedano - Jahel
- David Mallet - Elvira
- Arthur Murphy - The Citizen
- Frances Sheridan - The Discovery
- Richard Bentley the Younger - Patriotism
- Charles Churchill
- The Author
- The Conference
- An Epistle to William Hogarth
- The Prophecy of Famine
- John Collier - Tim Bobbin's Toy-shop
- George Keate - The Alps
- Robert Lloyd - The Death of Adam
- James Macpherson as "Ossian" - Temora
- William Mason - Elegies
- James Merrick - Poems
- Giuseppe Parini - Il giorno
- Christopher Smart - A Song to David
- Almanach de Gotha (first issue)
- John Ash - Grammatical Institutes
- Thomas Bayes - An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances (posthumously published)
- Hugh Blair - A Critical Dissertation on the Poems of Ossian
- John Brown - A Dissertation on Poetry and Music
- Beatriz Cienfuegos - La pensadora gaditana
- Philip Doddridge - A Course of Lectures on the Principal Subjects in Pneumatology, Ethics, and Divinity
- Immanuel Kant - The Only Possible Argument in Support of a Demonstration of the Existence of God
- Antoine Simon Le Page Du Pratz - History of Louisiana; an English translation, in two volumes, of Histoire de la Louisiane, published in 1758
- Catharine Macaulay - The History of England from the Accession of James I to that of the Brunswick Line
- Mary Wortley Montagu - Letters
- Robert Orme - A History of the Military Transactions of the British Nation in Indostan from the Year 1745
- Juan Cristóbal Romea y Tapia - El escritor sin título, traducido del español al castellano
- Emanuel Swedenborg - Doctrine of Holy Scripture
- Henry Venn - The Complete Duty of Man
- Voltaire - Traité sur la tolérance
- William Warburton - The Doctrine of Grace
- John Wesley - A Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation
- January 15 – François-Joseph Talma, French actor (died 1826)
- January 29 – Johann Gottfried Seume, German travel writer (died 1810)
- March 9 – William Cobbett, English political and economic writer (died 1835)
- March 21 – Jean Paul (Johann Paul Friedrich Richter), German novelist (died 1825)
- July 30 – Samuel Rogers, English poet (died 1855)
- September 2 – Caroline Schelling (Caroline Michaelis), German literary critic (died 1809)
- October 10 – Xavier de Maistre, French soldier and writer (died 1852)
- Unknown dates
- January 11 – Caspar Abel, German poet and theologian (born 1676)
- February 11 – William Shenstone, English poet (born 1714)
- June 29 – Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht, Swedish poet and salonnière (born 1718)
- September 26 – John Byrom, English poet (born 1692)
- December 23 – Antoine François Prévost (Abbé Prévost), French author (born 1697)
- Probable year of death – Cao Xueqin, Chinese novelist (born c. 1715)
- The reign of George VI. 1900–1925; a forecast written in the year 1763 (1899 ed.). London: W. Niccoll. 1763. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
- "Supplement to the Local Gazetteer of Wu Prefecture". World Digital Library. 1134. Retrieved 2013-09-06.