1653 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1653.
- March 26 – James Shirley's masque Cupid and Death is performed before the Portuguese ambassador in London.
- Pierre Corneille retires from the theatre for six years.
- John Evelyn buys Sayes Court, Deptford.
- The actor Robert Cox is arrested at the Red Bull Theatre in London for performing a "droll" deemed to be a play (prohibited during the English Interregnum).
- A law in Holland prohibits promulgation of Socinianism or other forms of nontrinitarianism.
- Ralph Austen – A Treatise on Fruit-trees, showing the manner of grafting, setting, pruning, and ordering of them in all respects
- Baltasar Gracián – El criticón (second part)
- Blaise Pascal – Traité du triangle arithmétique
- Jeremy Taylor – Twenty-five Sermons
- Sir Thomas Urquhart
- Izaak Walton -The Compleat Angler
- Arthur Wilson – The History of Great Britain, being the Life and Reign of King James I
- Richard Brome – Five New Plays, a collection of his dramas including A Mad Couple Well-Match'd, The Novella, The Court Beggar, The City Wit, and The Damoiselle
- John Ford (attributed) – The Queen (published)
- William Heminges – The Fatal Contract published
- Henry Killigrew – Pallantus and Eudora published (Killigrew's revision of his own The Conspiracy, 1638)
- Philippe Quinault – Les Rivales
- James Shirley – The Court Secret (published)
- Lope de Vega – La discreta enamorada
- Agustín Moreto – El lindo don Diego
- Paul Scarron – Don Japhel d'Arménie
- Margaret Cavendish – Poems and Fancies
- January 13 – Philipp Jakob Spener, German theologian (died 1705)
- March 8 – Goodwin Wharton, English autobiographer and politician (died 1704)
- Unknown date – Chikamatsu Monzaemon (近松 門左衛門), Japanese dramatist (died 1725)
- Probable year of birth
- May 26 – Robert Filmer, English political theorist (born 1558)
- July 10 – Gabriel Naudé, French librarian and scholar (born 1600)
- September 3 – Claudius Salmasius, French classical scholar (born 1588)
- September 23 – Jacques Goar, French Hellenist (born 1601)
- Unknown dates