1777 in literature
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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1777.
- February 8 – Thomas Chatterton's volume Poems, Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol, by Thomas Rowley, and Others, in the Fifteenth Century is published anonymously and posthumously in London, edited by Thomas Tyrwhitt, who still believes them to be genuine work by a medieval monk transcribed by Chatterton.
- March – Fanny Burney is introduced to Samuel Johnson by her father, Charles Burney.
- April 1 – Friedrich Maximilian Klinger's play Sturm und Drang is premièred by the Seyler theatrical company in Leipzig. It gives its name to the Sturm und Drang movement in German literature.
- April 12 – The poet and grammarian Robert Lowth is appointed Bishop of London.
- May 8 – The first performance of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners The School for Scandal takes place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
- October – James Boswell's essays first appear as a column called The Hypochondriak in The London Magazine.
- unknown date – Det Dramatiske Selskab is founded in Copenhagen (Denmark) as an acting academy.
- Frances Brooke – The Excursion
- Henry Mackenzie – Julia de Roubigne
- Samuel Jackson Pratt
- Charles and Charlotte
- (as Courtney Melmoth) Travels for the Heart
- Clara Reeve (anonymously) – The Champion of Virtue
- Lady Mary Walker
- Letters from the Duchesse de Crui
- Memoirs of the Marchioness de Louvoi
- Charles Dibdin – The Quaker
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – Iphigenie auf Tauris
- John O'Keeffe – The Shamrock
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan – The School for Scandal
- Nicolás Fernández de Moratín – Guzman el Bueno
- Hannah More – Percy (prologue and epilogue by David Garrick)
- Friedrich Maximilian Klinger – Sturm und Drang
- Thomas Chatterton – Poems
- William Combe
- The Diaboliad
- The First of April
- Thomas Day – The Desolation of America
- William Dodd – Thoughts in Prison
- William Roscoe – Mount Pleasant
- Thomas Warton – Poems
- Paul Whitehead – Poems
- Nicolás Fernández de Moratín – Las naves de Cortés destruidas
- Hugh Blair – Sermons
- Jacques-François Blondel – Cours d'architecture ou traité de la décoration, distribution et constructions des bâtiments contenant les leçons données en 1750, et les années suivantes, vol. 9
- Edmund Burke – Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol
- James Cook – A Voyage Toward the South Pole
- Georg Forster – A Voyage Round the World in His Britannic Majesty's Sloop Resolution, Commanded by Capt. James Cook, during the Years, 1772, 3, 4, and 5
- Nicolás Fernández de Moratín – Carta histórica sobre el origen y progresos de las fiestas de toros en España
- John Howard – The State of the Prisons in England and Wales
- David Hume – The Life of David Hume
- Hannah More – Essays
- Maurice Morgann – An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff
- Joseph Priestley
- Disquisitions Relating to Matter and Spirit
- The Doctrine of Philosophical Necessity Illustrated
- Isaac Reed – The Repository
- William Robertson – The History of America
- Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield – Characters
- Johannes Nikolaus Tetens – Philosophische Versuche über die menschliche Natur und ihre Entwicklung (Philosophical Essays on Human Nature and Its Development)
- February – James Johnson, Irish surgeon and medical writer (died 1845)
- February 12 – Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German Romantic novelist (died 1843)
- February 16 – Maria Hack, English children's writer (died 1844)
- June 3 – Antonio Gasparinetti, Italian poet, playwright and military officer (died 1824)
- July 27 – Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (died 1844)
- February 3 – Hugh Kelly, Irish poet and dramatist (born 1739)
- September 24 (bur.) – James Fortescue, English poet (born 1716)
- October 12 (October 1 O.S.) – Alexander Sumarokov, Russian poet and dramatist (born 1717)
- October 21 – Samuel Foote, English dramatist (born 1720)
- Cox, Michael, ed. (2004). The Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860634-6.
- Only a Novel: The Life of Fanny Burney, 15 July 2011. Accessed 7 February 2013.
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 331. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Manushag N. Powell (2012). Performing Authorship in Eighteenth-century English Periodicals. Lexington Books. p. 200. ISBN 978-1-61148-416-8.
- Leavis, Q. D. (1965). Fiction and the Reading Public (rev. ed.). London: Chatto & Windus.
- Liebersohn, Harry (January 2005). "A Radical Intellectual with Captain Cook: George Forster's world voyage". Common-Place. 05 (2). Archived from the original on 6 July 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1889). "Fortescue, James". Dictionary of National Biography. 20. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Samuel Foote (1797). The Dramatic Works of Samuel Foote: To which is Prefixed a Life of the Author. A. Millar. p. 6.