October 15 - While visiting Rome, Edward Gibbon observes a group of barefoot friars singing vespers in the ruined Temple of Jupiter, a sight which inspires him to begin work on a history that will be published as The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Bywyd a Marwolaeth Theomemphus (Welsh language) - William Williams Pantycelyn
The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
The Nun: An Elegy - Edward Jerningham
The Surprises of Love - John Cleland
July 9 : Ann Radcliffe