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1595 in literature

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This article is a summary of the literary events and publications of 1595.



  • 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.
  • Prose

  • 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)
  • Drama

  • 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)
  • Richard II
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Robert Wilson? – The Pedlers Prophecie
  • Poetry

  • 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
  • Edmund Spenser
  • Colin Clouts Come Home Againe
  • Amoretti (published)
  • Births

  • March 21 – Ferdinando Ughelli, Italian church historian (died 1670)
  • December 4 – Jean Chapelain, French poet and critic (died 1674)
  • Unknown dates
  • 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)
  • Deaths

  • 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)
  • References

    1595 in literature Wikipedia

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