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The Literary World

Writers of the 17th Century

Distinguished literary figures of the 17th century A.D.

  • Anne Bradstreet (born 1612, died 1672)

    American poet.

    • Wrote The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America
  • Katherine Philips (born 1631, died 1664)

    English poet.

    • Wrote Letters of Orinda to Poliarchus
  • Aphra Behn (born 1640, died 1689)

    English playwright, novelist, poet and spy. The first woman in England to earn a living as a writer.

    • Wrote The Rover
  • Anne Killigrew (born 1660, died 1685)

    English poet and painter.

    • As well as being a poet herself, she was the subject of one of Dryden''s odes
  • Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, comtesse d'Aulnoy (died 1705)

    French author of fairy tales and popular pseudo-historical novels.

    • Wrote Memoirs de la cour d''Espagne (''''Memoirs from the Spanish Court'''')
  • Juana Inéz de la Cruz (born 1651, died 1695)

    Mexican nun, scholar, playwright and lyric poet.

    • Wrote ''''Hombres necios que acussés'''' (''''Men Who Accuse'''')
  • Celia Fiennes (born 1662, died 1741)

    English travel writer.

    • Published journals of her horseback tours of England
  • Marie-Madeleine, comtesse de La Fayette (died 1693)

    French novelist.

    • Wrote La Princesse de Clèves
  • Madeleine de Scudéry (born 1607, died 1701)

    French novelist and leader of a literary salon.

    • Wrote Clèlie, histoire romaine
  • Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné (born 1626, died 1696)

    French noblewoman.

    • Renowned for the 1,700 letters she wrote to her daughter
  • Antoinette Deshoulières (born 1638, died 1694)

    French poet and dramatist who ran a famous literary salon.

    • Wrote the opera Zoroastre

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