1611 in literature
This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1611.
- January 1 – Oberon, the Faery Prince, a masque written by Ben Jonson and designed by Inigo Jones, is performed at Whitehall Palace.
- February 3 – Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly, another Jonson/Jones masque, is also staged at Whitehall.
- May 2 – The Authorized King James Version of the Bible appears, printed in London by Robert Barker.
- May 11 – The first known performance of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, probably new this year, is given by the King's Men at the Globe Theatre in London.
- November 1 – The King's Men give perhaps the first performance of The Tempest, Shakespeare's last solo play, at Whitehall Palace.
- November 5 – The King's Men perform The Winter's Tale at Whitehall Palace.
- December 26 – The King's Men return to Court with Beaumont and Fletcher's A King and No King.
- December 27 – Queen Anne's Men act one of their most popular plays, Greene's Tu Quoque (The City Gallant; probably written by John Cooke) at Court, having previously performed it at the Red Bull Theatre.
- The last known traditional performance of an English mystery play is given at Kendal.
- Juan Ruiz de Alarcón returns to Spain from Mexico.
- The Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version
- Jacques Bongars – Gesta Dei per Francos
- Thomas Coryat – Coryat's Crudities hastily gobbled up in Five Months Travels in France, Italy, &c
- Randle Cotgrave – A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues
- John Donne – An Anatomy of the World
- Giolla Brighde Ó hEoghusa (Bonaventura Ó hEoghusa or O'Hussey) – An Teagasc Criosdaidhe
- Samuel Rowlands – The Knave of Clubs
- John Speed:
- The Historie of Great Britaine
- The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (map atlas)
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher – A King and No King
- George Chapman – May Day (published)
- John Cooke (?) – Greene's Tu Quoque
- Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton – The Roaring Girl (published)
- Thomas Dekker – If This Be Not a Good Play, the Devil Is In It
- Thomas Heywood – The Golden Age (published)
- Ben Jonson
- Johannes Messenius – Disa
- Thomas Middleton (attributed to) – The Second Maiden's Tragedy
- Anthony Munday – Chryso-Thriambos
- William Shakespeare
- Cyril Tourneur – The Atheist's Tragedy (published)
- September 1 – William Cartwright, English dramatist (died 1643)
- October 22 – Jacques Esprit ("abbé Esprit"), French moralist (died 1677)
- October 26 – Antonio Coello, Spanish dramatist and poet (died 1652)
- Unknown dates
- Probable year of birth – Jean François Sarrazin, French satirist (died 1654)
- February 8 – Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, Dutch historian (born 1563)
- March 11 – Giles Fletcher, the Elder, English poet and diplomat (born c. 1548)
- March 20 – Johann Georg Gödelmann, German demonological writer (born 1559)
- April 23 – Martin Ruland the Younger, German alchemist and editor of his father's writings (born 1569)
- June 8 – Jean Bertaut, French poet (born 1552)
- September 22 – Pedro de Ribadeneira, Spanish ecclesiastical historian (born 1527)
- Unknown date – John Hamilton, Scottish Catholic controversialist (born c. 1547)
- Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 243–248. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 170–172. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- E. K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage, 4 Volumes, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1923; Vol. 2, pp. 220–241.