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Literary works influenced by alchemy

  • Mercury Vindicated - a masque by Ben Jonson
  • Ben Jonson - The Alchemist (a satirical play written in 1610)
  • Chaucer - The Canon Yeoman's tale
  • Poems of John Donne with alchemical references
  • Reginald Scot on alchemy
  • William Blake - The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • 'Gold' an alchemical adventure - a play by Andrew Dallmeyer
  • Goethe's Faust

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    Alchemical texts

    16th Century
    Practical alchemy
    Philosophical alchemy

    17th Century
    Practical alchemy
    Philosophical alchemy

    18th Century
    Practical alchemy
    Philosophical alchemy

    Alchemical poetry

    Alchemical allegories

    Works of Nicolas Flamel
    Works of George Ripley
    Works of Sendivogius
    Theatrum Chemicum Britannicum
    Emerald tablet of Hermes
    Rosicrucian texts
    Literary works
    Texts from Musaeum Hermeticum

    Spanish alchemical texts
    German alchemical texts
    French alchemical texts
    Russian alchemical texts
    Italian alchemical texts