1766 in literature
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- Early - Fanny Burney's first visit to the house of Samuel Crisp.
- July 1 - Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, is tortured and beheaded before his body is burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in Abbeville.
- The Georgian Theatre (Stockton-on-Tees), England's oldest surviving Georgian theatre, is opened in Stockton-on-Tees.
- The Drottningholm Palace Theatre is reopened as an opera house in Stockholm, Sweden, in its surviving form, designed by Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz.
- Law on the Freedom of Printing abolishes censorship in Sweden and guarantees freedom of the press.
- Biographium faemineum: the female worthies, or, Memoirs of the most illustrious ladies, of all ages and nations, who have been eminently distinguished for their magnanimity, learning, genius, virtue, piety, and other excellent endowments
- Genuine Memoirs of the Celebrated Miss Maria Brown (erotica)
- Henry Brooke - The Fool of Quality
- Oliver Goldsmith - The Vicar of Wakefield
- Catherine Jemmat - Miscellanies
- Charlotte Lennox - The History of Eliza
- Susannah Minifie - The Picture
- Sarah Scott - The History of Sir George Ellison
- Anna Williams - Miscellanies in Prose and Verse
- George Colman the Elder and David Garrick - The Clandestine Marriage
- Thomas Francklin - The Earl of Warrick
- Elizabeth Griffith - The Double Mistake
- Thomas Hull - The Fairy Favour
- Ramón de la Cruz - La pradera de San Isidro
- Mark Akenside - An Ode to the Late Thomas Edwards
- Christopher Anstey - The New Bath Guide
- James Beattie - Poems
- John Cunningham - Poems
- John Freeth - The Political Songster
- Oliver Goldsmith - Poems for Young Ladies (edited)
- Charles Jenner - Poems
- Henry James Pye - Beauty
- Christoph Martin Wieland - Agathon
- Francis Blackburne - The Confessional (theology of confession)
- Edmund Burke - A Short Account of a Late Short Administration
- Immanuel Kant - Dreams of a Spirit-Seer
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing - Laocoön (dramaturgy)
- Franz Mesmer - De planetarum influxu in corpus humanum (On the Influence of the Planets on the Human Body)
- Thomas Pennant - The British Zoology
- William Shakespeare - Twenty of the Plays of Shakespeare, George Stevens ed.
- Samuel Sharp - Letters from Italy
- Tobias Smollett - Travels through France and Italy
- Laurence Sterne - The Sermons of Mr Yorick vols. iii-iv
- Thomas Tyrwhitt - Observations and Conjectures Upon Some Passages of Shakespeare
- John Wesley - A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
- Pedro Rodríguez Mohedano and Rafael Rodríguez Mohedano - Historia literaria de España, desde su primera población hasta nuestros días
- February 14 – Thomas Robert Malthus, English political scientist (died 1834)
- April 22 – Germaine de Staël, born Anne Louise Germaine Necker, French novelist and saloniste (died 1817)
- May – Isaac D'Israeli, English literary scholar (died 1848)