Richard Savage

(1697 ca.-1743)

The strange story that Richard Savage was disowned by an aristocratic mother made him a compelling object of pity to his contemporaries; raised in obscurity, he was early befriended by Richard Steele and Aaron Hill. Savage was condemned to death for murder in 1727, but then pardoned with the assistance of the Countess of Hertford and Queen Caroline, who granted him a small pension. He was an early acquaintance of Samuel Johnson, who wrote his biography. When his pension was withdrawn after the death of the Queen, Savage lived on financial assistance from Alexander Pope, eventually dying while imprisoned for debt in Bristol.


1729The Wanderer: a Poem.
1732An Epistle to the right honourable Sir Robert Walpole.


The convocation, or a battle of pamphlets: a poem. 1717.
Love in a veil: a comedy. 1719.
The tragedy of Sir Thomas Overbury. 1724.
Miscellaneous poems and translations by several hands [ed. Savage]. 1726.
A poem sacred to the glorious memory of our late King George. 1727.
Nature in perfections: or the mother unveil'd. 1728.
An author to be lett, by Iscariot Hackney. 1729.
The wanderer: a poem in five cantos. 1729.
Verses occasion'd by the Viscountess Tyrconnel's recovery at Bath. 1730.
A poem to the memory of Mrs. Oldfield. 1730.
An epistle to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole. 1732.
A collection of pieces in verse and prose, on the occasion of the Dunciad. 1732.
The volunteer laureat: a poem to her Majesty on her birthday. 1732, etc.
On the departure of the Prince and Princess of Orange: a poem. 1734.
The progress of a divine: a satire. 1735.
A poem on the birth-day of the Prince of Wales. 1735.
Of public spirit in regard to public works: an epistle. 1737.
A poem sacred to the memory of her Majesty. 1738.
London and Bristol compar'd: a satire. 1744.
Various poems: The wanderer, the triumph of mirth and health and The bastard. 1761.
Works, with an account of the life and writings by Samuel Johnson. 2 vols. 1775.
Poetical works. 1805.
Poetical works, ed. Clarence Tracy. 1962.