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

Charles PerraultCharles Perrault
12 January 1628, French
Author

TukaramTukaram
1608 AD, Indian
Saint, Poet

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
06 March 1619, French
Dramatist and Playwright
Aphra BehnAphra Behn
10 July 1640, British
Playwright

Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison
01 May 1672, British
Essayist & Poet
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

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

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

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893, Italian, American
Bodybuilder

Samarth RamdasSamarth Ramdas
1608 AD, Indian
Poet
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

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
19 August 1689, British
Writer, Novelist

Jean RacineJean Racine
22 December 1639, French
Dramatist

John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of RochesterJohn Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
01 April 1647
Poet, Writer, Playwright
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

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Thomas BrowneThomas Browne
19 October 1605, British
Philosopher, Writer

Isaac WattsIsaac Watts
17 July 1674, British
Theologian

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

Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author
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,

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer
Algernon SidneyAlgernon Sidney
15 January 1623, British
Diplomat, Politician, Writer

Pierre BaylePierre Bayle
18 November 1647, French
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,
Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer

John EvelynJohn Evelyn
31 October 1620, British
Writer

John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

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

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright
William PettyWilliam Petty
26 May 1623, British
Economist, Mathematician, Philosopher,

Richard BaxterRichard Baxter
12 November 1615, British
Poet

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

Colley CibberColley Cibber
06 November 1671
Actor, Playwright, Poet, Writer
François FénelonFrançois Fénelon
06 August 1651, French
Theologian

John VanbrughJohn Vanbrugh
24 January 1664, British
Playwright, Architect, Writer
Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer

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

Rahman BabaRahman Baba
1632 AD, Pakistani
poet, writer
Henry VaughanHenry Vaughan
17 April 1621, Welsh
Physician, Economist, Poet, Writer

Mary AstellMary Astell
12 November 1666, British
Writer, Philosopher, Feminist
Yamamoto TsunetomoYamamoto Tsunetomo
11 June 1659, Japanese
Philosopher, Writer

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

Eliza HaywoodEliza Haywood
1693 AD, British
British author
Ephraim ChambersEphraim Chambers
1680 AD, British
Encyclopaedist

Madame de La FayetteMadame de La Fayette
18 March 1634, French
Writer, Salon-holder, Novelist, Screenwriter,
Pu SonglingPu Songling
05 June 1640, Chinese
Writer

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
08 April 1641, British
Playwright

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

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

Paul ScarronPaul Scarron
04 July 1610, French
Poet
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
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
1588 AD, British
Political scientist

Alexander BromeAlexander Brome
1620 AD, British
Poet, Translator

Pedro Calderon de la BarcaPedro Calderon de la Barca
17 January 1600, Spanish
 
Sir Thomas UrquhartSir Thomas Urquhart
1611 AD, Scottish
Writer

Francois de La RochefoucauldFrancois de La Rochefoucauld
15 September 1613, French
Author
María de AgredaMaría de Agreda
02 April 1602, Spanish
Writer

Thomas TraheyronThomas Traheyron
1636 AD, British