The son of a wealthy banker, Samuel Rogers studied at dissenting academies and considered career in the ministry before taking a position in his father's business. In 1789 Rogers visited Scotland, where he made the acquaintance of men of letters, and in 1792 visited France. In that year he published his immensely popular poem, The Pleasures of Memory. In London Rogers was a prominent member of literary society, lending financial assistance to poets in distress, among them Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Thomas Campbell. Byron admired his poetry and everyone seems to have feared his sarcasm. In 1850 Rogers declined the laureateship upon the death of Wordsworth.
The choice: a poem. 1774.
An ode to superstition, with some other poems. 1786.
The pleasures of memory. 1792.
An epistle to a friend, with other poems. 1798.
Verses written in Westminster Abbey after the funeral of Charles James Fox. 1806.
The voyage of Columbus: a poem. 1810.
Poems, 1812, 1814, 1816, 1822, etc.
Jacqueline, a poem. 1814.
Human life: a poem. 1819.
Italy, a poem. 1823, 1828.
Poetical works. 1848.
Complete poetical works, ed. E. Sargen. 1854.
Recollections of the table talk of Samuel Rogers, ed. Alexander Dyce. 1856.
Recollections, ed. William Sharpe. 1859.
Poetical works, ed. Edward Bell. 1875.
Italian journal, ed. J. R. Hale. 1956.
Samuel Rogers and William Gilpin: their friendship and correspondence, ed. Carl Paul Barbier. 1959.