James Ralph

(1705 ca.-1762)

James Ralph traveled to England with Benjamin Franklin in 1724, embarking on a career as a schoolmaster, dramatist, essayist, and party writer for the Whigs, for which he was enshrined in Pope's Dunciad ("Silence ye wolves, while Ralph to Cynthia howls"). He was a sometimes-friend of Henry Fielding who reviewed for Monthly Review (1756-57) and contributed to the Universal Spectator (1728-46), the Champion (1739-44), the Remembrancer (1747-51) and the Protester (1753). Ralph wrote under the pseudonyms "Issachar Barebone," George Cadwallader, and "A. Primcock."


1728Night: a Poem.
1728Night: The Preface.
1728The Muses' Address to the King: an Ode.
1729An Imitation of Spencer's Fairy Queen: a Fragment.
1729Zeuma: or the Love of Liberty. Book the First.
1729Zeuma: or the Love of Liberty. Book the Second.
1729Zeuma: or the Love of Liberty. Book the Third.


The tempest, or the terror of death: a poem. 1727.
The Muses address to the King: an ode. 1728.
Night: a poem. 1728.
Sawney: an heroic poem, occasion'd by the Dunciad. 1728.
The touchstone: or historical, critical, political, philosophical and theological essays on the reigning diversions of the town. 1729.
Clarinda, or the fair libertine: a poem. 1729.
The loss of liberty: or the fall of Rome. 1729.
Miscellaneous poems, by several hands. 1729.
Zeuma, or the love of liberty: a poem. 1729.
Miscellaneous poems. 1729.
The fashionable lady: or Harlequin's opera. 1730.
The Cornish squire. A comedy, ed. Ralph. 1734.
A critical review of the publick buildings, statues and ornaments of London and Westminster. 1734.
Memoirs and history of Prince Titi [cordnnier, trans.] 1736.
The Champion [ed. Ralph and Henry Fielding]. 1741.
The other side of the question, by a woman of quality. 1742.
A critical history of the administration of Sir Robert Walpole. 1743.
The case of our present theatrical disputes fairly stated. 1743.
The lawyer's feast. 1744.
The astrologer, a comedy. 1744.
The history of England during the reigns of of King William, Queen Anne, and King George I. 1744.
Of the use and abuse of Parliaments. 2 vols, 1744.
The case of authors by profession or trade, stated. 1758.