1739 in literature
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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of literature during 1739.
- January 16 - First performance of George Frideric Handel's oratorio Saul at the King's Theatre, Haymarket, London.
- February 9 - The Scots Magazine is first issued.
- February - George Whitefield first preaches in the open air, to miners at Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England.
- April - John Wesley first preaches in the open air, at Whitefield's invitation.
- Henry Brooke's drama Gustavus Vasa is the first play banned under the Licensing Act of 1737.
- The first Bible in Estonian, Piibli Ramat, translated by Anton thor Helle, is published.
- Penelope Aubin - A Collection of Entertaining Histories and Novels
- Henry Baker and James Miller (transl.) - The Works of Molière, French and English
- Elizabeth Carter
- Philip Doddridge - The Family Expositor
- Henry Fielding as "Captain Hercules Vinegar" - The Champion (periodical)
- Richard Glover - London
- David Hume (anonymously) - A Treatise of Human Nature (issued late 1738 but dated this year)
- William Law - The Grounds and Reasons of Christian Regeneration
- John Mottley as "Elijah Jenkins" - Joe Miller's Jests; or, the Wits Vade-Mecum
- Robert Nugent (attrib.) - An Epistle to Sir Robert Walpole
- John Oldmixon - The History of England During the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth
- Laetitia Pilkington - The Statues
- Samuel Richardson - Aesop's Fables
- Elizabeth Rowe - Miscellaneous Works
- Thomas Sheridan - The Satires of Juvenal Translated
- Joseph Trapp - The Nature, Folly, Sin, and Danger, of Being Righteous Over-much (against George Whitefield)
- De la gloire, ou entretien avec un Chinois
- Conseils a M. Helvetius
- Isaac Watts - The World to Come
- John Wesley - Hymns and Sacred Poems
- George Whitefield - A Continuation of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield's Journal
- Paul Whitehead - Manners
Newly published drama
- Daniel Bellamy - Miscellanies in Prose and Verse
- Henry Carey - Nancy (opera)
- Thomas Cooke - The Mournful Nuptials (not acted)
- David Mallet - Mustapha
- James Miller - An Hospital for Fools
- Edward Phillips - Britons, Strike Home
- William Shirley - The Parricide
- James Thomson - Edward and Eleonara
- Moses Browne - Poems
- Mary Collier - The Woman's Labour: an epistle to Mr Stephen Duck
- Mikhail Lomonosov - Ode on the Taking of Khotin from the Turks
- Robert Nugent
- An Ode on Mr. Pulteney
- An Ode, to His Royal Highness on His Birthday
- Odes and Epistles
- Jonathan Swift - Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift
- January – Twm o'r Nant, Welsh playwright and poet (died 1810)
- August 31 – Johann Augustus Eberhard, German theologian and philosopher (died 1809)
- November 20 – Jean-François de la Harpe, French critic (died 1803)
- Unknown date – Hugh Kelly, Irish-born dramatist and poet (died 1777)
- June 20 – Edmond Martène, French historian (born 1654)
- July 25 – Johann Christoph Wolf, German Hebrew scholar and bibliographer (born 1683)
- September 4 – George Lillo, English dramatist and actor (born 1691)
- October 18 – António José da Silva, Brazilian dramatist (born 1705)