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

John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628, British
Writer, Preacher

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

John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685, British
Dramatist & Poet

Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624, German
Priest
Edward YoungEdward Young
03 July 1683, British
Poet

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley
1618 AD, British
Poet
MoliereMoliere
15 January 1622, French
Playwright, Actor and Stage Manager

BashoBasho
1644 AD, Japanese
Poet

James VI and IJames VI and I
19 June 1566
Poet, Writer
Juana Inés de la CruzJuana Inés de la Cruz
12 November 1651, Mexican
Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher,

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault
12 January 1628, French
Writer, Poet, Children's writer, Screenwriter,
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of RochesterJohn Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
01 April 1647
Poet, Writer, Playwright

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD, Indian
Poet

Thomas BrowneThomas Browne
19 October 1605, British
Philosopher, Writer

Jean de La FontaineJean de La Fontaine
08 July 1621, French
Writer, Poet, Lawyer
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,
Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639, French
Dramatist

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

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

William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator
Shah Abdul Latif BhittaiShah Abdul Latif Bhittai
18 November 1690, Pakistani
poet

Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626, Italian
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,

James Graham, 1st Marquess of MontroseJames Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
25 October 1612, Scottish
Poet, Writer

Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638, French
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian

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John VanbrughJohn Vanbrugh
24 January 1664, British
Playwright, Architect, Writer
Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet
27 September 1627, French
Priest, Historian, Theologian, Writer, Cleric,

Rahman BabaRahman Baba
1632 AD, Pakistani
poet, writer
William PettyWilliam Petty
26 May 1623, British
Economist, Mathematician, Philosopher,

Pierre BaylePierre Bayle
18 November 1647, French
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,

Colley CibberColley Cibber
06 November 1671
Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer
Algernon SidneyAlgernon Sidney
15 January 1623, British
Diplomat, Politician, Writer

Henry VaughanHenry Vaughan
17 April 1621, Welsh
Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer
Bernard MandevilleBernard Mandeville
15 November 1670, Dutch
Philosopher, Economist, Writer

Yamamoto TsunetomoYamamoto Tsunetomo
11 June 1659, Japanese
Philosopher, Writer

Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Historian,

Dimitrie CantemirDimitrie Cantemir
26 October 1673
Anthropologist, Linguist, Historian, Philosopher,

Madame de La FayetteMadame de La Fayette
18 March 1634, French
Writer, Salon-holder, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Mary AstellMary Astell
12 November 1666, British
Writer, Philosopher, Feminist

Chikamatsu MonzaemonChikamatsu Monzaemon
1653 AD, Japanese
writer, playwright

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

Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Bernard Le Bovier de FontenelleBernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle
11 February 1657, French
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, Playwright, Satirist,

William WycherleyWilliam Wycherley
1640 AD, British
playwright, writer
William DavenantWilliam Davenant
03 March 1606, British
playwright, poet, writer

Ihara SaikakuIhara Saikaku
1642 AD, Japanese
poet, novelist, writer

Robert BarclayRobert Barclay
23 December 1648, American
Theologian, Writer
Baltasar GracianBaltasar Gracian
08 January 1601, Spanish
Prose writer

Sor Juana Inés de la CruzSor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Mexican
Nun, Women
Samuel ButlerSamuel Butler
03 February 1612, British
Writer, Poet,

Aaron HillAaron Hill
10 February 1685, British
Poet, Playwright, Essayist

Robert SouthRobert South
04 September 1634, British
Theologian
John DennisJohn Dennis
16 September 1658, British
Writer, Playwright, Literary critic

Alexander BromeAlexander Brome
1620 AD, British
Poet, Translator
Pedro Calderon de la BarcaPedro Calderon de la Barca
17 January 1600, Spanish
 

Francois de La RochefoucauldFrancois de La Rochefoucauld
15 September 1613, French
 

The Lady Mary Wortley MontaguThe Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689, British
 

Thomas TraheyronThomas Traheyron
1636 AD, British