1685 in literature

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List of years in literature (table)

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1685.


  • February – The death of King Charles II of England results in one of the major theatrical flops of the Restoration era: Albion and Albanius — an allegorical drama in praise of the late king, with text by John Dryden and music by Louis Grabu — is in rehearsals at the time.
  • June – A revised version of Albion and Albanius fails, largely because it coincides with the Duke of Monmouth's invasion.
  • June – Parliament revives the Printing Act of 1662, limiting London printers.
  • Antoine Furetière is expelled from the Académie française for proposing to publish a complete dictionary of the French language himself.
  • Publication of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare's works in London.

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