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
John BunyanJohn Bunyan
28 November 1628, British
Writer, Preacher

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619, French
Dramatist and Playwright

Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet
20 March 1612, British
Poet

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

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

Abraham CowleyAbraham Cowley
1618 AD, British
Poet
Angelus SilesiusAngelus Silesius
25 December 1624, German
Priest

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

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,

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD, Indian
Poet

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder

Jean de La FontaineJean de La Fontaine
08 July 1621, French
Writer, Poet, Lawyer
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of RochesterJohn Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
01 April 1647
Poet, Writer, Playwright
Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

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

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

Thomas BrowneThomas Browne
19 October 1605, British
Philosopher, Writer
Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian

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Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639, French
Dramatist

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

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

John VanbrughJohn Vanbrugh
24 January 1664, British
Playwright, Architect, Writer
Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638, French
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian

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

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

Pierre BaylePierre Bayle
18 November 1647, French
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,
William PettyWilliam Petty
26 May 1623, British
Economist, Mathematician, Philosopher,

Rahman BabaRahman Baba
1632 AD, Pakistani
poet, 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,

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

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

Robert SouthRobert South
04 September 1634, British
Theologian
Aaron HillAaron Hill
10 February 1685, British
Poet, Playwright, Essayist

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