1639 in literature
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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of literature during 1639.
- c. January - The first printing press in British North America is started in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Stephen Daye.
- May 21 - The King's Men act John Fletcher's The Mad Lover in London.
- Blaise Pascal's family move to Rouen.
- François de La Mothe-Le-Vayer is elected to the Académie française.
- Simon Dach becomes professor of poetry at the University of Königsberg.
- Archbishop William Laud donates the manuscript of the Peterborough Chronicle to the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
- Thomas Heywood writes Londini Status Pacatus, the Lord Mayor of the City of London's annual pageant for this year. It will be the last such London pageant for the next fifteen years, as the practice is dropped during the troubled times of the English Civil War — only to resume under the Commonwealth.
- Francisco de Quevedo - La isla de los monopantos
- Rajmund Đamanjić - Nauk za dobro pisati latinskijem slovima riječi jezika slovinskoga (Croatian grammar)
- Jan Marek Marci - De proportione motus seu regula sphygmica
- Friedrich Spanheim - Commentaire historique de la vie et de la mort de . . Christofle Vicomte de Dohna
- Lodowick Carlell - Arviragus and Philicia, Parts 1 and 2 published
- George Chapman and James Shirley - The Tragedy of Chabot published
- Aston Cockayne - A Masque at Bretbie
- Pierre Corneille - L'Illusion Comique, published
- "T. D." - The Bloody Banquet published (authorship disputed)
- William Davenant - The Spanish Lovers
- Robert Davenport - A New Trick to Cheat the Devil published
- John Fletcher - Monsieur Thomas and Wit Without Money posthumously published
- Henry Glapthorne - Argalus and Parthenia and Albertus Wallenstein published
- Sir William Lower - The Phoenix in Her Flames
- Philip Massinger - The Unnatural Combat published
- Jasper Mayne - The City Match
- James Shirley - The Politician performed; The Ball, The Maid's Revenge, Love in a Maze published
- Sir John Suckling - Brennoralt, or the Discontented Colonel
- Richard Corbet - Certain Elegant Poems
- John Clarke - Paroemiologia ("Early to bed and early to rise...")
- Henry Glapthorne - Poems, including a series addressed to "Lucinda"
- Francis Quarles - Memorials Upon the Death of Sir Robert Quarles, Knight
- Pedro Soto de Rojas - Los rayos de Faetón
- February 6 – Daniel Georg Morhof, German critic (died 1691)
- December 22 – Jean Racine, French dramatist (died 1699)
- Unknown dates
- Probable year of birth – Charles Sedley, English wit and dramatist (died 1701)
- January – Shackerley Marmion, English dramatist (born 1603)
- January 23 – Francisco Maldonado de Silva, Argentinian poet (burned at stake, born 1592)
- May 21 – Tommaso Campanella, Italian poet and theologian (born 1568)
- August 4 – Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, New Spanish dramatist (born c. 1581)
- August 20 – Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (born 1597)
- October – Elizabeth Cary, Viscountess Falkland, English poet, translator and dramatist (born 1585)
- November 26 – John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (born 1565)