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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in
February – The second part of
John Cleland's erotic novel ( Fanny Hill Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) is published in London. The author is released from debtor's prison in March. The Church of England asks the Secretary of State to "stop the progress of this vile Book, which is an open insult upon Religion and good manners." In November, Cleland is arrested and charged with "corrupting the King's subjects."
February 28 – Henry Fielding's comic novel is published in London The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by  Andrew Millar who pays the author £700. It reaches its 4th edition by the end of the year. Also this year, Fielding becomes magistrate at Bow Street, and first enlists the help of the Bow Street Runners, an early police force. 
April 12 – Official opening of the circular Radcliffe Library in Oxford, designed by James Gibbs. 
Sarah Fielding's novel , generally seen as the first The Governess, or Little Female Academy school story, is published in London. 
Élie Catherine Fréron's journal Lettres de la comtesse de... is suppressed but he immediately replaces it by Lettres sur quelques écrits de ce temps.
Oliver Goldsmith graduates from Trinity College, Dublin.
New books [ edit ]
Children [ edit ]
Sarah Fielding – The Governess, or The Little Female Academy
January 13 – Maler Müller (Friedrich Müller), German lyricist, dramatist and painter (died 1825)
April 19 – Ōta Nampo (Ōta Tan), Japanese comic poet and painter (died 1823)
May 4 – Charlotte Turner Smith, English poet and novelist (died 1806)
August 28 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, scholar and novelist (died 1832)
December 19 – Alethea Lewis (Eugenia de Acton), English novelist (died 1827)
December 25 – Samuel Jackson Pratt, English poet, playwright and novelist (died 1814)
Unknown date – Wang Yun, Chinese poet and playwright (died 1819)
References [ edit ]
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^ Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 219–220. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
^ Guest, Ivor (1991). Dr. John Radcliffe and His Trust. London: The Radcliffe Trust. p. 149. ISBN 0-9502482-1-5.
^ Foster, Shirley; Simons, Judy (1995). What Katy Read: feminist re-readings of "classic" stories for girls. University of Iowa Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-87745-493-0.
^ Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.