1659 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1659.
- January 27 – Poet Andrew Marvell is elected member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull in the Third Protectorate Parliament of England.
- August – William Davenant is briefly imprisoned for his part in George Booth's Cheshire uprising.
- Méric Casaubon edits John Dee's journal of angel magic.
- Icelandic pastor Jón Magnússon completes composition of his Píslarsaga ("Passion Saga" or "Story of My Sufferings").
- Richard Baxter – The Holy Commonwealth
- Méric Casaubon – A True and Faithful Relation of what Passed for Many Years between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits
- Thomas Hobbes – De Homine
- Christiaan Huygens – Systema Saturnium
- Ninon de l'Enclos – La Coquette vengée (The Flirt Avenged)
- Richard Lovelace – Lucasta (posthumous)
- William Prynne – Parliamentary Writs (further parts in 1660, 1662 and 1664)
- Johann Heinrich Rahn – Teutsche Algebra
- Péter Révay – De monarchia et sacra corona regni hungariae centuriae septem
- John Rushworth – Historical Collections of Private Passages of State... (also The Rushworth Papers)
- Anna Maria van Schurman – The Learned Maid, or Whether a Maid May Be a Scholar? (English version of 1638 Latin original)
- Jeremy Taylor – Discourse on the Nature, Offices and Measures of Friendship
- Anonymous – The London Chanticleers
- Richard Brome – Five New Plays, including The English Moor, The Lovesick Court, The Weeding of Covent Garden, The New Academy, and The Queen and Concubine
- Joan Leonardsz Blasius – De Edelmoedige Vijanden
- Sir William Davenant – The History of Sir Francis Drake
- John Day & Henry Chettle – The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (published six decades after its premiere)
- Richard Flecknoe – The Marriage of Oceanus and Britannia
- Molière – Les Précieuses ridicules
- Walter Montague – The Shepherd's Paradise
- Agustín Moreto – No puede ser...
- James Shirley
- Juan Bautista Diamante – El honrador de su padre
- William Chamberlayne – Pharonnida: A heroick poem
- Luis de Ulloa Pereira – Versos
- January 1 – Humphrey Hody, English theologian and archdeacon (died 1707)
- March – Margrethe Lasson, Danish novelist (died 1738)
- March 25 – John Asgill, English pamphleteer (died 1738)
- March 26 – William Wollaston, English philosopher, classicist and cleric (died 1724)
- April 29 – Sophia Elisabet Brenner, Swedish poet and writer (died 1730)
- Unknown dates
- January 7 – Laurenz Forer, Swiss theologian and controversialist writing in Latin and German (born 1580)
- January 31 – János Apáczai Csere, Hungarian linguist, mathematician and encyclopedist (born 1625)
- February 4 – Francis Osborne, English essayist (born 1593)
- April 15 – Simon Dach, German poet and hymnist (born 1605)
- June 3 – Morgan Llwyd, Welsh preacher, poet and writer (born 1619)
- September 22 – Thomas Morton, English polemicist and bishop (born 1564)
- October 27 – Giovanni Francesco Busenello, Italian poet and librettist (born 1598)