1702 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1702.
- March 8 (O.S.) – Accession of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, upon the death of her brother-in-law William III.
- March 11 (O.S.) – The first regular English national newspaper, The Daily Courant, begins publication, in Fleet Street in the City of London. It covers only foreign news.
- October – Jonathan Swift returns to Ireland in the company of Esther Johnson.
- Ballet master John Weaver presents the burlesque Tavern Bilkers at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, the first English pantomime. It is not a success.
- The first book is printed in the Romain du Roi Roman type devised for use by the Imprimerie nationale in France: Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand.
- Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, is completed to the design of playwright John Vanbrugh and architect Nicholas Hawksmoor.
- Thomas Brown, et al. – Letters From the Dead to the Living
- Edmund Calamy – An Abridgement of Mr Baxter's History of His Life and Times
- Daniel Defoe
- An Enquiry into Occasional Conformity
- The Mock-Mourners (on the death of William III)
- A New Test of the Church of England's Loyalty
- Reformation of Manners
- The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (anonymous; December)
- The Spanish Descent
- John Dennis – The Monument
- Laurence Echard – A General Ecclesiastical History
- George Farquhar – Love and Business
- Edmund Gibson – Synodus Anglicana (on the convocation)
- Charles Gildon (?) – A Comparison Between the Two Stages (on the "War of the Theatres")
- Examen Miscellaneum
- Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon – The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England (1702–1704, written in the 1640s and late 1660s. Also known as Clarendon's History)
- George Keith – The Standard of the Quakers Examined
- John Kersey – A New English Dictionary; or, a complete collection of the most proper and significant words, commonly used in the language
- Cotton Mather – Magnalia Christi Americana
- Matthew Prior – To a Young Gentleman in Love
- John Toland – Paradoxes of State
- Catherine Trotter Cockburn – A Defence of the Essay of Human Understanding (re John Locke)
- Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery (posthumously) – Altemira
- Susanna Centlivre – The Beau's Duel
- Colley Cibber – She Wou'd and She Wou'd Not
- John Dennis – The Comical Gallant
- George Farquhar
- The Inconstant
- The Twin-Rivals
- Bevil Higgons – The Generous Conqueror
- Nicholas Rowe – Tamerlane
- Sir Charles Sedley – The Tyrant King of Crete
- June 26 – Philip Doddridge, English religious and writer and hymnist (died 1751)
- Unknown date – Margareta Momma, Swedish journalist and publisher (died 1772)
- January 1 – Samuel Green, American printer (born c. 1614)
- January 17 – Roger Morrice, English journalist and diarist (born 1628)
- February 17 – Peder Syv, Danish philologist, folklorist and priest (born 1631)
- April 22 – François Charpentier, French archeologist and writer (born 1620)
- May 17 (bur.) – Richard Sault, English mathematician, editor and translator (unknown year of birth)
- May 27 – Dominique Bouhours, French literary critic (born 1628)
- November – John Pomfret, English poet (born 1667)
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 201–202. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- As "Narrow Road to the Interior", Bolitho, Harold (2003), in Treasures of the Yenching: seventy-fifth anniversary of the Harvard-Yenching Library, Chinese University Press. ISBN 978-962-996-102-2. p. 35.