1682 in literature
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This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1682.
- In London, the King's Company and the Duke's Company join to form the United Company of actors.
- In Paris, the Bibliothèque Mazarine reopens at the Collège des Quatre-Nations.
- In Japan, Ihara Saikaku's The Life of an Amorous Man (好色一代男, Kōshoku Ichidai Otoko, "The Man Who Spent His Life in Love") inaugurates what becomes known as ukiyo-zōshi ("books of the floating world"), the first major genre of popular Japanese fiction.
- John Bunyan – The Holy War
- Francisco Nunez de Cepeda – Idea del buen pastor representada en Empresas sacras
- William Penn
- Mary Rowlandson – A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
- Ihara Saikaku (井原 西鶴) – The Life of an Amorous Man (好色一代男 Kōshoku Ichidai Otoko)
- Bulstrode Whitelocke – Memorials of the English Affairs from the Beginning of the Reign of Charles I (Puritan viewpoint)
Children and young people
- Dorcas Dole – Salutation and Seasonable Exhortation to Children (by a Quaker)
- Anonymous – Mr. Turbulent
- John Banks – The Unhappy Favourite, or the Earl of Essex
- John Banks – Vertue Betray'd
- John Dryden – MacFlecknoe
- John Dryden and Nathaniel Lee – The Duke of Guise
- Thomas d'Urfey
- Thomas Otway – Venice Preserv'd
- William Shakespeare adapted by Nahum Tate – Coriolanus
- Thomas Southerne – The Persian Prince, or the Loyal Brother
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca – Verdadera V parte de comedias
- October 2 – Birgitte Christine Kaas, Norwegian poet and translator (died 1761)
- October 29 – Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (died 1761)
- Unknown date – Jacopo Facciolati, Paduan lexicographer and philologist (died 1769)
- March 12 – Francis Sempill, Scottish poet and wit (born c. 1616)
- October 19 – Sir Thomas Browne, English polymath and poet (born 1605)
- November 14 – Rijcklof van Goens, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1678-1681 and travel writer (born 1619)
- Unknown dates