1650 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1650.
- Blaise Pascal's poor health forces him to retire from the study of mathematics.
- Parliament appoints a commission for the propagation and preaching of the gospel in Wales, advised by Vavasor Powell.
- Despite the official prohibition against stage plays in England, theatrical manager and promoter William Beeston finances repairs to the Cockpit Theatre and attempts to assemble and train a company of young actors. His effort is unsuccessful.
- Under this year's Blasphemy Act, English radical Jacob Bauthumley is arrested, convicted and has his tongue pierced on account of his book The Light and Dark Sides of God.
- Robert Baron publishes his plagiarized work Pocula Castalia, stealing mainly from the minor poems of John Milton issued in 1645.
- At about this date Agneta Horn writes her autobiography, Agneta Horns leverne, in Swedish; it will not be discovered until 1885.
- Elias Ashmole – Fasciculus Chemicus
- Richard Flecknoe – The Idea of His Highness Oliver ...
- Jonas Moore – Moores Arithmetick
- Francisco de Quevedo – La hora de todos y la fortuna con seso
- George Walker – Anglo-Tyrannus
- François le Métel de Boisrobert – La Jalouse d'elle-même
- Abraham Cowley – The Guardian
- Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla – Del rey abajo, ninguno
- Anne Bradstreet – The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America
- Andrew Marvell – An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland
- Francisco de Trillo y Figueroa – Panegírico y natalicio al marqués de Montalbán
- Henry Vaughan – Silex scintillans (part 1)
- June 14 – Carlo Alessandro Guidi, Italian lyric poet (died 1712)
- July – Charles Leslie, Irish theologian (died 1722)
- September 23 – Bishop Jeremy Collier, English theologian and theatre critic (died 1726)
- Unknown dates
- February 11 – René Descartes, French philosopher (born 1596)
- April 22 – Stephanius, Danish royal historiographer (born 1599)
- May 27 – Anthony Ascham, English political theorist (born c. 1614)
- June – Jean Rotrou, French poet and dramatist (born 1609)
- June 30 – Niccolò Cabeo, Italian philosopher (born 1586)
- August 25 – Richard Crashaw, English poet (born c. 1613)
- September 17 – Constantino Cajetan, Italian scholar and book collector (born 1560)
- October 25 – Franciscus Quaresmius, Milanese Franciscan writer (born 1583)
- November 13 – Thomas May, English poet and historian (born 1595)
- December 28 – Bartol Kašić, Croatian linguist and grammarian (born 1575)
- Unknown dates