Chronology of World, British, and American Literature.
Calderon. Spanish. 1651? Play. el Gran Teatro del Mundo (The Great Theatre of the World). Auto Sacramental. Theatrical allegory. The author, God, presents a performance with personifications. Only God endures.
Izaac Walton. British. 1653. Nonfiction. The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Treatise on fishing. Dialogue. Angler tries to convince a hunter that fishing is the superior sport.
Madeleine de Scudery. French. 1654/60. Novel. Histoire Romaine Clelie. Ten volumes. Digressions. The trials of a Roman hostage Clelie who swims the
Sir Thomas Browne. British. 1658. Essay. “Hydriotaphia, or Urn Burial.” Starts as a scientific report on Roman burial urns. Meditation on mortality and oblivion. Flawless prose.