1586 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1586.
- September 19 – Imprisoned in the Tower of London on the eve of being hanged, drawn and quartered for his part in the Babington Plot, English poet Chidiock Tichborne writes his Elegy ("My prime of youth is but a frost of cares").
- September 22 – Battle of Zutphen: English poet, critic, courtier and soldier Sir Philip Sidney is fatally wounded.
- Francis Bacon takes a new seat as MP in the Parliament of England, that of Taunton.
- Oxford University Press is recognised by decree of the Star Chamber in England.
- Caesar Baronius – Roman martyrology (new edition)
- William Camden – Britannia (in Latin)
- Dirck Volckertszoon Coornhert – Zedekunst (Art of Ethics)
- Angel Day – The English Secretary
- Robert Greene – Morando, the Tritameron of Love (part 2)
- John Knox – Historie of the Reformatioun of Religioun within the Realms of Scotland
- John Lyly – Pappe with an hatchet, alias a figge for my Godsonne
- Jerónimo Osório – De rebus Emmanuelis
- George Puttenham (attributed) – The Arte of English Poesie
- Luis Barahona de Soto – Primera parte de la Angélica
- George Whetstone – English Myrror
- Anonymous – Locrine (estimated year of writing)
- Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe – Dido, Queen of Carthage (estimated year of writing)
See also 1586 in poetry
- February 24 – Matthias Faber, German religious writer (died 1653)
- c. April – John Ford, English dramatist (died c. 1640)
- Unknown dates
- March 20 – Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (born 1496)
- April 8 – Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran theologian (born 1522)
- June 1 – Martín de Azpilcueta, Spanish theologian (born 1491)
- June 28 – Primož Trubar, author of first printed book in Slovenian language (born 1508)
- August 1 – Richard Maitland, Scottish poet (born 1496)
- September 20 – Chidiock Tichborne, English poet and conspirator (executed, born 1558)
- October 17 – Sir Philip Sidney, English poet and critic (of wounds, born 1554)
- Unknown dates
- Carter, Harry (1975). A History of the Oxford University Press. Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 17–22.
- Shakespeare, William; et al. (2013). Collaborative Plays. The RSC Shakespeare. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-27144-0.
- Birley, Robert (1962). "William Warner, Albions England". Sunk Without Trace: some forgotten masterpieces reconsidered. London: Rupert Hart-Davis. pp. 11–39.