|Covid-19|May 24 – The Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.
December 9 – Shakespeare's Richard II is possibly acted at a private performance at the Canon Row house of Sir Edward Hoby, with Sir Robert Cecil attending.
The first part of Ginés Pérez de Hita's Historia de los bandos de los Zegríes y Abencerrajes ("Guerras civiles de Granada") is published. Supposedly a chronicle of the Morisco rebellions in Granada based on an Arabic original ascribed to "Aben-Hamin", this is probably the earliest historical novel and certainly the first to gain popularity.
After the death of his first wife, Isabel, in the previous year, Lope de Vega leaves the service of the Duke of Alba and returns to Madrid.
Mikalojus Daukša – Kathechismas, arba Mokslas kiekvienam krikščioniui privalus
Justus Lipsius – De militia romana
Nicholas Remy – Daemonolatreiae libri tres
Sir Philip Sidney (posthumous, written 1580–83) – An Apology for Poetry
Vincentio Saviolo – His practise, in two bookes. (first manual of fencing in English)
Fausto Veranzio – Dictionarium quinque nobilissimarum Europæ linguarum, Latinæ, Italicæ, Germanicæ, Dalmatiæ, & Vngaricæ (published in Venice)
Anonymous – Locrine (published claiming to be revised by "W.S.")
Jakob Ayrer – Von der Erbauung Roms (Of the Building of Rome)
Gervase Markham – The Most Honorable Tragedy of Sir Richard Grinville
Antoine de Montchrestien – Sophonisbe
William Shakespeare (possible dates)
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Robert Wilson? – The Pedlers Prophecie
Barnabe Barnes – A Divine Century of Spiritual Sonnets
Richard Barnfield – Cynthia
Thomas Campion – Poemata
George Chapman (anonymous) – Ovid's Banquet of Sense
Gervase Markham – The Poem of Poems, or Syon's Muse
Robert Southwell (anonymous) – Saint Peter's Complaint
Colin Clouts Come Home Againe
March 21 – Ferdinando Ughelli, Italian church historian (died 1670)
December 4 – Jean Chapelain, French poet and critic (died 1674)
Thomas Carew, English poet (died 1640)
Jean Desmarets, French writer and dramatist (died 1676 in literature)
Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, Spanish writer and mystic (died 1658)
February – William Painter, English translator (born c. 1540)
February 21 – Robert Southwell, English poet and Catholic martyr (born c. 1561)
March 18 – Jean de Sponde, French poet (born 1557)
April 25 – Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (born 1544)
May 25 – Valens Acidalius, German poet and critic writing in Latin (born 1567)
June 23 – Louis Carrion, Flemish scholar (born 1547)
October 5 – Faizi, Indian poet and scholar (born 1547)
November 5 – Luis Barahona de Soto, Spanish poet 1548)
1595 in literature Wikipedia
This article is a summary of the literary events and publications of 1595.