First performance of Voltaire's Mérope
Publication of poet Robert Blair's major work, "The Grave"
The Life of Jonathan Wild the Great - Henry Fielding
Julien Louis Geoffroy, French critic
Hannah Cowley, English dramatist and poet
Gabriel Derzhaven, Russian lyric poet
March 4 - Johann David Wyss, Swiss novelist
June 20 - Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet