1715 in literature
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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1715.
- c. August – Nicholas Rowe becomes the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.
- The first record of the actress and writer Eliza Haywood tells of her performing in Thomas Shadwell's Shakespeare adaptation, Timon of Athens; or, The Man-Hater at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.
- Joseph Addison – The Free-Holder (periodical)
- Jane Barker – Exilius; or, The Banished Roman
- Richard Bentley – A Sermon upon Popery
- Samuel Croxall – The Vision
- Daniel Defoe
- An Appeal to Honour and Justice
- The Family Instructor
- A Hymn to the Mob
- Elizabeth Elstob – The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue, first given in English; with an apology for the study of northern antiquities, the first grammar of Old English
- Thomas-Simon Gueullette – Les Mille et un quarts-d’heure, contes tartares (The Thousand and One Quarters of an Hour, Tartarian Tales)
- Alain-René Lesage (anonymous) – L'Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane (Books 1–6)
- Charles Montagu – The Works and Life of the Late Earl of Halifax
- Jonathan Richardson – An Essay on the Theory of Painting
- "Captain" Alexander Smith – The Secret History of the Lives of the Most Celebrated Beauties, Ladies of Quality, and Jilts
- Richard Steele
- The Englishman: Second Series (periodical)
- Town-Talk (periodical)
- Christopher Bullock – A Woman's Revenge
- Henry Carey – The Contrivances
- Susanna Centlivre – The Gotham Election (not performed because of political content)
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon – The Battles of Coxinga (国姓爺合戦, Kokusen'ya Kassen)
- Charles Rivière Dufresny – La Coquette de village
- John Gay – The What D'Ye Call It
- Benjamin Griffin
- Injured Virtue; or, The Virgin Martyr
- Love in a Sack
- Newburgh Hamilton – The Doating Lovers
- Charles Johnson – The Country Lasses
- Charles Knipe – A City Ramble
- Charles Molloy – The Perplexed Couple
- Nicholas Rowe -The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey
- Lewis Theobald – The Perfidious Brother (allegedly plagiarized, staged the following year)
- John Vanbrugh – The Country House
- Charles Cotton – The Genuine Works of Charles Cotton
- Alexander Pope
- The Temple of Fame (based on Chaucer)
- The Iliad of Homer vol. i.
- Thomas Tickell – The First Book of Homer's Iliad
- Isaac Watts
- Divine Songs
- A Guide to Prayer
- January 14 (baptised) – Frances Vane, Viscountess Vane (Lady Fanny), English memoirist (died 1788)
- January 26 or February 26 – Claude Adrien Helvétius, French philosophical writer (died 1771)
- June 4 (c. 1715–1724) – Cao Xueqin, Chinese writer (died 1763)
- September 30 – Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosophical writer (died 1780)
- October 1 – Richard Jago, English poet (died 1781)
- Probable year of birth
- January 7 – François Fénelon, French archbishop, theologian, poet and writer (born 1651)
- February 25 – Pu Songling (蒲松齡), Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (born 1640)
- March 8 – William Dampier, English explorer and writer (born 1651)
- March 17 – Gilbert Burnet, Scottish theologian and historian (born 1643)
- July 30 – Nahum Tate, Irish poet and hymnist (born 1652)
- October 13 – Nicolas Malebranche, French priest and rationalist philosopher (born 1638)
- Unknown date – Mary Monck, Irish poet (date of birth unknown)
- Blouch, Christine (Summer 1991). "Eliza Haywood and the Romance of Obscurity". SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900. 31 (3): 535–551. doi:10.2307/450861. JSTOR 450861.
- William J. Burling (1992). A Checklist of New Plays and Entertainments on the London Stage, 1700-1737. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. pp. 57–60. ISBN 978-0-8386-3451-6.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 97. .
- Joanne Shattock; Senior Lecturer Department of English Joanne Shattock (1993). The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford University Press. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-19-214176-7.