1747 in literature
This article presents lists of literary events and publications in 1747.
- March 31 – Laurence Sterne preaches the Good Friday sermon at St Helen Stonegate; The Case of Elijah and the Widow of Zerephath is later printed and published.
- April – David Garrick becomes one of the managers of Drury Lane Theatre in London.
- June 21 – Licensing Act transfers responsibility for pre-production censorship of plays in Britain from the Master of the Revels to the Lord Chamberlain and restricts serious drama to the patent theatres.
- December 1 – Samuel Richardson's 2-volume epistolary novel Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady ("by the Editor of Pamela") begins publication in London from his own printshop.
- The Załuski Library is established in Warsaw.
- William Blackstone (attributed) – The Pantheon
- Thomas Carte – A General History of England
- Denis Diderot – La Promenade du sceptique (completed; not published until 1830)
- William Dunkin – Boetia
- Thomas Edward – A Supplement to Mr. Warburton's Edition of Shakespear
- Henry Fielding, as "John Trott Plaid" – The Jacobite's Journal (periodical)
- Sarah Fielding – Familiar Letters Between the Principal Characters in David Simple (a defense against unauthorized continuations)
- Samuel Foote – The Roman and English Comedy Consider'd
- Hannah Glasse – The Art of Cookery
- Madame de Graffigny – Letters from a Peruvian Woman
- Henry Home, Lord Kames – Essays Upon Several Subjects Concerning British Antiquities
- Samuel Johnson – The Plan of a Dictionary of the English Language
- Charlotte Lennox – Poems
- David Mallet – Amyntor and Theodora
- William Mason – Musaeus: A monody to the memory of Pope (an imitation of Milton's Lycidas)
- William Memoth, the younger – The Letters of Pliny the Consul
- Josiah Ralph – A Miscellany
- Samuel Richardson – Clarissa vol. i–ii
- William Shakespeare – The Works of Shakespear (edited by William Warburton)
- Tobias Smollett – Reproof
- Joseph Spence – Polymetis
- Voltaire – Zadig (in original form as Memnon)
- Horace Walpole – A Letter to the Whigs
- Joseph Warton – Ranelagh House
- Thomas Warton – The Pleasures of Melancholy
- Juan de Iriarte – Discurso sobre la imperfección de los diccionarios
- Diego de Torres Villarroel – Desengaños razonables para sacudir el polvo del espanto
- John Cunningham – Love in a Mist
- Samuel Foote – The Diversions of the Morning or, A Dish of Chocolate
- David Garrick – Miss in Her Teens
- Carlo Goldoni – The Venetian Twins (I due gemelli veneziani)
- Benjamin Hoadly – The Suspicious Husband
- John Home – Agis
- Edward Moore – The Foundling
- Takeda Izumo II, Miyoshi Shōraku and Namiki Senryū I – Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura ((義経千本桜, Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees, original version for bunraku puppet theatre)
- Philip Francis – A Poetical Translation of the Works of Horace
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – Six Town Eclogues
- January 11 – François Alexandre Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt, French economics writer (died 1827)
- January 12 – Susanna Blamire, English dialect poet and songwriter (died 1794)
- January 15 – John Aikin, English biographer, activist and physician (died 1822)
- January – William Seward, English man of letters (died 1799)
- September 30 – John Mastin, English memoirist, local historian and cleric (died 1829)
- December 12 – Anna Seward, English poet (died 1809)
- January 16 – Barthold Heinrich Brockes German poet (born 1680)
- August – Leonard Welsted, English poet (born 1688)
- November 17 – Alain-René Le Sage, French novelist and playwright (born 1668)
- November 22 – Joseph Trapp, poet, controversialist and translator (born 1679)
- St Helen Stonegate: Laurence Sterne and the Good Humour Club. Accessed 27 March 2016
- Prince, Rose (24 June 2006). "Hannah Glasse: The original domestic goddess". The Independent. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- James Sambrook: The life of the English poet Leonard Welsted (1688 – 1747) : the culture and politics of Britain's eighteenth-century literary wars, Lewiston [u.a.] : Edwin Mellen Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-7734-0049-8