1710 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1710.
- February – A year after the death of poet John Philips, Edmund Smith prints a "Poem to the Memory of Mr. John Philips". Other memorials this year include "A Poem to the Memory of the Incomparable Mr. Philips" by Leonard Welsted. A monument to him is erected by Lord Harcourt in Westminster Abbey, between those to Geoffrey Chaucer and Michael Drayton, with the motto "Honos erit huic quoque pomo" from the title page of Philips' work Cyder.
- April 10 – The Statute of Anne, the first modern copyright act, comes into force in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
- April 28 – After Thomas Betterton's death this day, the great Shakespearean roles he dominated for a generation are divided among fellow actors Barton Booth, Robert Wilks, and John Mills (who gets Macbeth).
- September 2 – Jonathan Swift, in London, begins his series of letters to Esther Johnson, which will be collected after his death as A Journal to Stella.
- Colley Cibber becomes manager of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
- Antoine Houdar de la Motte is elected to the Académie française, taking a seat vacated by Thomas Corneille.
- Joseph Addison – The Whig Examiner (periodical)
- John Bellers – Some Reasons for an European State proposed to the Powers of Europe
- George Berkeley – Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
- Lady Mary Chudleigh – Essays Upon Several Occasions
- Colley Cibber – The Secret History of Arlus and Odolphus (roman à clef)
- Anthony Collins – A Vindication of the Divine Attributes
- Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury – Soliloquy
- François Pétis de la Croix – Les Mille et un jours (translation and adaptation of One Thousand and One Nights, 1710–12)
- Daniel Defoe – An Essay Upon Public Credit (on the balance of trade)
- George Hickes – A Second Collection of Controversial Letters relating to the Church of England and the Church of Rome, as they passed between an honourable lady and Dr. George Hickes
- Gottfried Leibniz – Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal ("Essays of theodicy on the goodness of God, the freedom of man and the origin of evil")
- John Leland (d.1552) – The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary
- Delarivier Manley (as Eginardus) – Memoirs of Europe, towards the close of the eighth century (satire)
- Cotton Mather – Bonifacius: Essays To Do Good
- Samuel Richter (as Sincerus Renatus) – Die wahrhaffte und volkommene Bereitung des philosophischen Steins der Brüderschaft aus dem Orden des Gülden und Rosen Kreutzes (The True and Complete Preparation of the Philosophical Stone of the Brotherhood, from the Order of the Golden and Rosy Cross, i. e. Rosicrucians)
- Jonathan Swift – A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick
- Ned Ward (as the Author of the London-Spy) – Nuptial Dialogues and Debates; or, a useful prospect of the felicities and discomforts of a marry'd life, incident to all degrees, from the throne to the cottage
- Christian Wolff – Anfangsgründe aller mathematischen Wissenschaften
- William Congreve – Semele, an "unacted opera"
- Aaron Hill – Elfrid
- Charles Johnson – The Force of Friendship
- George Farquhar – Barcellona: a poem; or, the Spanish expedition under the command of Charles Earl of Peterborough (epic)
- Ambrose Philips – Pastorals (igniting argument with Alexander Pope)
- April 13 – Jonathan Carver, American writer and explorer (died 1780)
- April 26 – Thomas Reid, Scottish philosophical writer (died 1796)
- October 24 – Alban Butler, English hagiographer (died 1773)
- November 8 – Sarah Fielding, English novelist (died 1768)
- November 13 – Charles Simon Favart, French dramatist (died 1792)
- November 27 – Robert Lowth, English poet, grammarian and bishop (died 1787)
- Unknown dates
- February 16 – Esprit Fléchier, French preacher and memoirist (born 1632)
- February 17 – George Bull, English theologian and bishop (born 1634)
- April 28 – Thomas Betterton, English actor-manager (born c. 1635)
- July 8 – Jean Donneau de Visé, French historian, publicist and playwright (born 1638)
- December 14 – Henry Aldrich, English theologian and philosopher (born 1647)
- December 15 (buried) – Lady Mary Chudleigh, English poet (born 1656)
- Probable year of death – Marcus Meibomius, Danish Biblical scholar and classicist (born c. 1630)
- "Philips, John". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Deazley, Ronan (2010). "The Statute of Anne and the Great Abridgement Swindle". Houston Law Review. University of Houston Law Center. 47 (4). ISSN 0018-6694.
- Ezell, Margaret J. M. "Selected Bibliography: Mary, Lady Chudleigh." c18 Bibliographies On-Line. Ed. Jack Lynch. Rutgers, 1999. 16 December 2006 <http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/C18/biblio/chudleigh.html>.