1751 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1751.
- Denis Diderot's Encyclopédie first volume appears.
- In Vienna, court poet Pietro Metastasio writes the poem Il rè pastore, later used by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to compose an opera seria.
- The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy becomes the first formally published modern cookbook.
- John Smith & Son bookshop in Glasgow established, claiming to be the oldest surviving bookseller in the English-speaking world.
- John Cleland – Memoirs of a Coxcomb
- Francis Coventry – The History of Pompey the Little
- Henry Fielding – Amelia
- Eliza Haywood – The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless
- Robert Paltock – The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man
- Tobias Smollett – The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
- Voltaire – Micromégas. Histoire philosophique
- Richard Owen Cambridge – The Scribleriad
- Thomas Cooke – An Ode on the Powers of Poetry
- Nathaniel Cotton – Visions in Verse
- Thomas Gray – Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
- Soame Jenyns – The Modern Fine Lady
- Mary Leapor – Poems
- John Arbuthnot – Miscellaneous Works (posthumous)
- Catharine Trotter Cockburn – The Works of Mrs. Catharine Cockburn
- John Gilbert Cooper – Cursory Remarks on Mr. Warburton's New Edition of Mr. Pope's Works
- Ignacio de Luzán – Memorias literarias de París
- Henry Fielding – An Enquiry into the Causes of the Late Increase of Robbers
- James Harris – Hermes, a philosophical inquiry concerning universal grammar
- Henry Home, Lord Kames – Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion
- David Hume – An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals
- John Jortin – Remarks on Ecclesiastical History
- Alexander Pope – The Works of Alexander Pope (ed. William Warburton)
- Voltaire – The Age of Louis XIV
- John Wesley – Serious Thoughts upon the Perseverance of Saints
- Benjamin Whichcote – Works
- January 31 – Priscilla Wakefield (née Bell), English Quaker writer and philanthropist (died 1832)
- February 20 – Johann Heinrich Voss, German poet and translator (died 1826)
- October 9 – Pierre Louis de Lacretelle, French political writer (died 1824)
- October 20 – Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Irish dramatist and politician (died 1816)
- Unknown dates
- Probable year of birth
- May 24 – William Hamilton, Scottish poet (born c. 1665)
- October 26 – Philip Doddridge, English nonconformist leader, educator and hymn writer (born 1702)
- October 29 – Bartholomew Green, Boston printer (born 1701)
- December 12 – Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English political philosopher (born 1678)
- Georgette Heyer – The Black Moth (1921 – her debut novel)
- Robert Louis Stevenson – Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751 (1886)
- "JS Group is a forward looking business that can trace its roots back to 1751 when the bookseller John Smith and Son was founded in Glasgow". JS Group. 2014. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
- Deacon, Malcolm (1980). Philip Doddridge of Northampton. Northampton: Northamptonshire Libraries. ISBN 0-905391-07-1.