ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Abel Evans

(1679-1737)


Abel Evans was born in London; after study at Merchant Taylors' School, he entered St John's College Oxford in 1692 (B.A. 1696, M.A. 1699, B.D. 1705, D.D. 1711). He was expelled from the chaplaincy of his college until reinstated at the behest of Sarah Churchill. Evans later befriended Alexander Pope, turned Tory and was Vicar of Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire (1723) and Rector of Cheam, Surrey (1724-37).


TEXT RECORDS:

1707Pastoral I. Alen, or the Tale. Inscribed to the Earl of Pembroke, 1707
1709 ca.Pastoral III. Roger, or the Wag.
1709Pastoral VIII. Dicky, or the Plow-boy. In two Eclogues. 1709.
1710Lucy, or the Maids. Pastoral IX. In Three Eclogues. 1710.
1719Fanny, or the Rural Rivals. Pastoral XII in Four Eclogues. 1719.
1726The Farewell. Pastoral XIII. 1726.

PUBLICATIONS:

The apparition: a dialogue between the Devil and a Doctor concerning the rights of the Christian church. A poem. 1710.
Magdalen-Grove: or, a dialogue between the Doctor and the Devil. 1713.
Vertumnus: an epistle to Mr. Jacob Bobart, botany professor. 1713.