1602 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1602.
- February 2 – The Lord Chamberlain's Men perform Twelfth Night at the Middle Temple in London.
- May – Henry Wotton returns to Florence having disclosed a plot to murder King James VI of Scotland.
- May 4 – Richard Hakluyt is installed as prebendary of Westminster Abbey.
- November 8 – The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford opens to scholars.
- Tommaso Campanella – The City of the Sun (a philosophical work, one of the most important utopias)
- Thomas Campion – Observations in the Art of English Poetry
- Richard Carew – A Survey of Cornwall
- Sir Hugh Plat – Delightes for Ladies (book of recipes and household hints)
- Anonymous – A Larum for London, or The Siedge of Antwerpe with the ventrous actes and valorous deeds of the lame soldier published
- Henry Chettle – Hoffmann
- John Davies of Hereford – Mirum in Modum
- Thomas Dekker (with Thomas Middleton?) – Blurt, Master Constable, or The Spaniards Night-Walke published
- Ben Jonson – The Poetaster published
- Sir David Lyndsay (died c. 1555) – Humanity and Sensuality and A Satire of the Three Estates published
- John Marston – Antonio and Mellida published
- William Shakespeare – Hamlet performed (latest date), The Merry Wives of Windsor published
- "W.S." – Thomas Lord Cromwell published
- March 29 – John Lightfoot, English theologian (died 1675)
- April 30 – Robert Baillie, Scottish divine and historian (died 1662)
- May 2 – Athanasius Kircher, German scholar (died 1680)
- May 10 – Samuel Newman, American Biblical commentator (died 1663)
- October or November – Dudley North, English poet, writer and politician (died 1677)
- Unknown date – Juan Pérez de Montalbán, Spanish dramatist and poet (died 1638)
- Approximate year – Owen Feltham, English essayist (died 1668)
- February 13 – Alexander Nowell, English theologian (born c. 1507)
- September 14 – Jean Passerat, French poet and satirist (born 1534)
- October 13 – Franciscus Junius (the elder), Swiss theologian (born 1545)
- October 30 – Jean-Jacques Boissard, French poet (born 1528)
- Unknown date – Jean Pithou, French legal writer (born 1534)
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- Shakespeare, William; et al. (2013). Collaborative Plays. The RSC Shakespeare. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-27144-0.