17th Century Writers
Find out more about the greatest 17th Century Writers, including Voltaire, John Milton, Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe and Alexander Pope.
VoltaireVoltaire
21 November 1694, French
Writer
John MiltonJohn Milton
09 December 1608, British
Poet, Polemicist, and Civil Servant for the

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Author and Satirist

Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
13 September 1660, British
Trader

Alexander PopeAlexander Pope
21 May 1688, British
 

John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631, British
poet
Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619, French
Dramatist and Playwright

TukaramTukaram
1608 AD, Indian
Saint, Poet

John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628, British
Writer, Preacher
Charles PerraultCharles Perrault
12 January 1628, French
Author

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672, British
Essayist & Poet
Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640, British
Playwright

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet
20 March 1612, British
Poet

Andrew MarvellAndrew Marvell
31 March 1621, British
Poet

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696, Italian
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet
John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685, British
Dramatist & Poet

Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624, German
Priest

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley
1618 AD, British
Poet

Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535, Italian
Scholar, Polymath
Edward YoungEdward Young
03 July 1683, British
Poet

MoliereMoliere
15 January 1622, French
Playwright, Actor and Stage Manager
BashoBasho
1644 AD, Japanese
Poet

Juana Inés de la CruzJuana Inés de la Cruz
12 November 1651, Mexican
Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher,

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD, Indian
Poet
Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder

Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian
Jean de La FontaineJean de La Fontaine
08 July 1621, French
Writer, Poet, Lawyer

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of RochesterJohn Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
01 April 1647
Poet, Writer, Playwright
Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639, French
Dramatist

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Thomas BrowneThomas Browne
19 October 1605, British
Philosopher, Writer
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689
Explorer, Poet, Writer, Playwright

Shah Abdul Latif BhittaiShah Abdul Latif Bhittai
18 November 1690, Pakistani
poet

William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator
Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638, French
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian
Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626, Italian
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet
27 September 1627, French
Priest, Historian, Theologian, Writer, Cleric,

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer

Algernon SidneyAlgernon Sidney
15 January 1623, British
Diplomat, Politician, Writer
James Graham, 1st Marquess of MontroseJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
25 October 1612, Scottish
Poet, Writer

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

John EvelynJohn Evelyn
31 October 1620, British
Writer

François FénelonFrançois Fénelon
06 August 1651, French
Theologian

Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Historian,
John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright
Pierre BaylePierre Bayle
18 November 1647, French
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,

John VanbrughJohn Vanbrugh
24 January 1664, British
Playwright, Architect, Writer

William PettyWilliam Petty
26 May 1623, British
Economist, Mathematician, Philosopher,
Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author

Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer
Dimitrie CantemirDimitrie Cantemir
26 October 1673
Anthropologist, Linguist, Historian, Philosopher,

Bernard MandevilleBernard Mandeville
15 November 1670, Dutch
Philosopher, Economist, Writer

Rahman BabaRahman Baba
1632 AD, Pakistani
poet, writer

Richard BaxterRichard Baxter
12 November 1615, British
Poet

Henry VaughanHenry Vaughan
17 April 1621, Welsh
Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer
Colley CibberColley Cibber
06 November 1671
Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer

Bernard Le Bovier de FontenelleBernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle
11 February 1657, French
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, Playwright, Satirist,

Ephraim ChambersEphraim Chambers
1680 AD, British
Encyclopaedist

Firmin AbauzitFirmin Abauzit
11 November 1679, French
Scholar
Mary AstellMary Astell
12 November 1666, British
Writer, Philosopher, Feminist

Chikamatsu MonzaemonChikamatsu Monzaemon
1653 AD, Japanese
writer, playwright
Yamamoto TsunetomoYamamoto Tsunetomo
11 June 1659, Japanese
Philosopher, Writer

Thomas TraherneThomas Traherne
10 October 1636, British
Poet

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author
Madame de La FayetteMadame de La Fayette
18 March 1634, French
Writer, Salon-holder, Novelist, Screenwriter,

Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y MontenegroBenito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro
08 October 1676, Spanish
Monk
John GerardJohn Gerard
1545 AD, British
Botanist

Pu SonglingPu Songling
05 June 1640, Chinese
Writer

Jeremy TaylorJeremy Taylor
15 August 1613, British
Author
Joseph Justus ScaligerJoseph Justus Scaliger
05 August 1540, French
Scholar

Thomas ShadwellThomas Shadwell
1642 AD, British
Poet
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer

Pierre de MarivauxPierre de Marivaux
04 February 1688, French
Playwright, Writer, Journalist, Novelist

Nicholas FerrarNicholas Ferrar
22 February 1592, British
Scholar

William WycherleyWilliam Wycherley
08 April 1641, British
Playwright
Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet
Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer

Edward TaylorEdward Taylor
1642 AD, British, American
Poet

Richard CrashawRichard Crashaw
1612 AD, British
Poet

Francis BeaumontFrancis Beaumont
1584 AD, British
Dramatist
Philip HenslowePhilip Henslowe
1550 AD, British
Entrepreneur

Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD, British
Explorer

Raimondo MontecuccoliRaimondo Montecuccoli
21 February 1609, Italian
Soldier

William DavenantWilliam Davenant
03 March 1606, British
playwright, poet, writer

Thomas HeywoodThomas Heywood
1575 AD, British
Playwright
Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD, Irish
Poet

Wilhelm SchickardWilhelm Schickard
22 April 1592, German
Professor
Henry MoreHenry More
12 October 1614, British
Philosopher

Samuel PurchasSamuel Purchas
1577 AD, British
Author
Ihara SaikakuIhara Saikaku
1642 AD, Japanese
poet, novelist, writer
Thomas CarewThomas Carew
1595 AD, British
Poet