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
 

MoliereMoliere
15 January 1622, French
Playwright, Actor and Stage Manager
Charles PerraultCharles Perrault
12 January 1628, French
Author

John DrydenJohn Dryden
09 August 1631, British
poet

TukaramTukaram
1608 AD, Indian
Saint, Poet
John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628, British
Writer, Preacher

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619, French
Dramatist and Playwright
BashoBasho
1644 AD, Japanese
Poet

Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640, British
Playwright

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet
20 March 1612, British
Poet

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672, British
Essayist & Poet
Andrew MarvellAndrew Marvell
31 March 1621, British
Poet

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley
1618 AD, British
Poet

John GayJohn Gay
30 June 1685, British
Dramatist & Poet
Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535, Italian
Scholar, Polymath

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

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

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

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder
Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian

John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

Lady Mary Wortley MontaguLady Mary Wortley Montagu
15 May 1689, British
Writer
Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD, Indian
Poet

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Jean de La FontaineJean de La Fontaine
08 July 1621, French
Writer, Poet, Lawyer
Shah Abdul Latif BhittaiShah Abdul Latif Bhittai
18 November 1690, Pakistani
poet

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of RochesterJohn Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
01 April 1647
Poet, Writer, Playwright

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

Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639, French
Dramatist
Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author
Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and NormanbyJohn Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby
08 September 1647, British
Former Lord Privy Seal

John HaringtonJohn Harington
04 August 1561, British
English author

Thomas BrowneThomas Browne
19 October 1605, British
Author
Francois de La RochefoucauldFrancois de La Rochefoucauld
15 September 1613, French
Author

Mary AstellMary Astell
12 November 1666, British
Writer, Philosopher, Feminist

William CongreveWilliam Congreve
24 January 1670, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer, Translator

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

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of BuckinghamGeorge Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
30 January 1628, British
Politician
Pedro Calderon de la BarcaPedro Calderon de la Barca
17 January 1600, Spanish
 

John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer
Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet
27 September 1627, French
Priest, Historian, Theologian, Writer, Cleric,

John EvelynJohn Evelyn
31 October 1620, British
Writer

Thomas MortonThomas Morton
1579 AD, American
English clergyman
Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer

François FénelonFrançois Fénelon
06 August 1651, French
Theologian
Baltasar GracianBaltasar Gracian
08 January 1601, Spanish
Prose writer

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

Richard BaxterRichard Baxter
12 November 1615, British
Poet

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright

Jeanne GuyonJeanne Guyon
13 April 1648, French
Mystic
John VanbrughJohn Vanbrugh
24 January 1664, British
Architect

Izumo no OkuniIzumo no Okuni
1572 AD, Japanese
Inventor

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

Robert BurtonRobert Burton
08 February 1577, British
Scholar
Rahman BabaRahman Baba
1632 AD, Pakistani
poet, writer

Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess
Gurdās, BhāīGurdās, Bhāī
1551 AD, Indian
Sikh writer

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

Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer
María de AgredaMaría de Agreda
02 April 1602, Spanish
Writer

Nicholas FerrarNicholas Ferrar
22 February 1592, British
Scholar
Yamamoto TsunetomoYamamoto Tsunetomo
11 June 1659, Japanese
Philosopher, Writer

Madame de La FayetteMadame de La Fayette
18 March 1634, French
Writer

William Byrd IIWilliam Byrd II
28 March 1674, American
Author
Madame d'AulnoyMadame d'Aulnoy
1651 AD, French
Writer

Henry VaughanHenry Vaughan
17 April 1621, Welsh
Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
1588 AD, British
Political scientist

Ninon de LenclosNinon de Lenclos
10 November 1620, French
Author

Joseph Justus ScaligerJoseph Justus Scaliger
05 August 1540, French
Scholar

Louis de Rouvroy, duke de Saint-SimonLouis de Rouvroy, duke de Saint-Simon
16 January 1675, French
Author
Charles de Valois, Duke of AngoulêmeCharles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême
28 April 1573, French
Nobleman
Chikamatsu MonzaemonChikamatsu Monzaemon
1653 AD, Japanese
writer, playwright

Felipe Guaman Poma de AyalaFelipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
1535 AD, Peruvian
Chronicler

John AubreyJohn Aubrey
12 March 1626, British
Antiquary

Thomas TraherneThomas Traherne
10 October 1636, British
Poet
Thomas TraheyronThomas Traheyron
1636 AD, British
 

Algernon SidneyAlgernon Sidney
15 January 1623, British
Diplomat, Politician, Writer

Ludvig HolbergLudvig Holberg
03 December 1684, Danish, Norwegian
Writer

Richard LovelaceRichard Lovelace
09 December 1617, British
Poet

Pu SonglingPu Songling
05 June 1640, Chinese
Writer
Colley CibberColley Cibber
06 November 1671
Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author
Ihara SaikakuIhara Saikaku
1642 AD, Japanese
poet, novelist, writer

Nicolas Boileau-DespréauxNicolas Boileau-Despréaux
01 November 1636, French
Poet
Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer
Madeleine de ScudéryMadeleine de Scudéry
15 November 1607, French
Writer