1648 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1648.
- February – Ordinances passed in England against plays; actors to be fined and theatres pulled down.
- July 14 – During the siege of Colchester, the cannon, Humpty Dumpty, is blown off the walls, possibly inspiring the nursery rhyme.
- October – Richard Lovelace, Royalist poet, is imprisoned for opposition to Parliament.
- René Descartes meets Frans Burman, resulting in the Conversation with Burman.
- Robert Boyle writes Seraphic Love, his first important work, which will not be published until 1660.
- Ill-health forces Pierre Gassendi to give up lecturing at the Collège Royal.
- Richard Flecknoe travels to Brazil.
- Edward Pococke becomes Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford, but Obadiah Walker loses his academic post.
- Richard Crashaw, exiled in Paris, publishes two hymns in Latin.
- King Charles I, imprisoned in Windsor Castle from December, reportedly spends much of his time reading the plays of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.
- King Frederick III of Denmark establishes the Royal Library, Denmark.
- Robert Filmer – Freeholders Grand Inquest touching our Sovereign Lord the King and his Parliament
- Thomas Gage – The English-American, or a New Survey of the West Indies
- Baltasar Gracián – Agudeza y arte de ingenio
- Francisco Martínez de Mata – Memorial a razón de la despoblación y pobreza de España y su remedio
- José García de Salcedo Coronel – Comentarios al Panegírico del Duque de Lerma de Luis de Góngora
- Fray Marcos de Salmerón – El príncipe escondido
- Madeleine de Scudéry – Artamène, ou le Grand Cyrus, volume 1
- John Wilkins – Mathematical Magick
- Gerrard Winstanley – The Mystery of God
- Anonymous – Crafty Cromwell
- Anonymous – Kentish Fair, or the Parliament Sold to Their Best Worth
- Anonymous ("Mercurius Melancholicus") – Mistress Parliament Her Gossiping
- Jasper Mayne – The Amorous War
- Christen Aagaard – Threni Hyperborci
- Richard Corbet – Poetica Stromata
- Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland – Otia Sacra
- Robert Herrick
- Noble Numbers
- Francisco de Borja y Aragón – Obras en verso
- Francisco López de Zárate – La invención de la Cruz
- Francisco de Quevedo (ed. Jusepe Antonio González de Salas) – El Parnaso español, en dos cumbre dividido, con las nueve musas
- January 1 – Elkanah Settle, English poet and dramatist (died 1724)
- Unknown date – Gaspard Abeille, French poet (died 1718)
- February 2 – George Abbot, English writer (born c. 1603)
- March 12 – Tirso de Molina, Spanish dramatist (born 1571)
- May 26 – Vincent Voiture, French writer and poet (born 1597)
- August 20 – Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury Anglo-Welsh writer and soldier (born 1583)
- September 1 – Marin Mersenne, French theologian and philosopher (born 1588)