1508 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1508.
- April 4 – John Lydgate's poem The Complaint of the Black Knight becomes the first book printed in Scotland.
- The earliest known printed edition of the chivalric romance Amadis de Gaula, as edited and expanded by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, is published in Castilian at Zaragoza.
- Elia Levita completes writing the Bovo-Bukh in Yiddish.
- Desiderius Erasmus – Adagiorum chiliades (2nd ed., Venice)
- Johannes Trithemius – De septem secundeis
- William Dunbar
- The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy, and Other Poems
- The Goldyn Targe
- April 3 – Jean Daurat, French poet and scholar, member of La Pléiade (died 1588)
- April 23 – Georg Sabinus, German poet, diplomat and academic (died 1560)
- June 13 – Alessandro Piccolomini, Italian humanist philosopher, translator and playwright (died 1579)
- December 21 – Thomas Naogeorgus, German Protestant reformer and Latin-language playwright (died 1563)
- Unknown dates
- February 4 – Conrad Celtes, German and Latin-language poet (born 1459)
- May 13 – Martial d'Auvergne, French poet (born 1420)
- June 6 – Ercole Strozzi, Italian poet, murdered (born 1471)