ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

(1709-1773)


George Lyttelton, studied at Eton (1725) and Oxford (1726) before touring the Continent (1728-31) before becoming intimate with Pope's circle at Twickenham. He was secretary to the Prince of Wales (1732-44), member of Parliament from Okehampton (1735-56); succeeded as 5th baron Lyttleton 1751, and was lord of the treasury (1744-54) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1755-56). As an opposition politician, Lyttleton was allied to the Prince of Wales; as a poet he was associated with his near-neighbor at Hagley Park, William Shenstone.


TEXT RECORDS:

1732The Progress of Love. In Four Eclogues.
1747To the Memory of a Lady lately Deceased. A Monody.
1760Dialogue XIV. Boileau. — Pope.
1767 ca.King Henry the Second: Notes to the Second Book.

PUBLICATIONS:

Blenheim. 1728.
An epistle to Mr Pope, from a young gentleman at Rome. 1730.
The progress of love, in four eclogues. 1732.
Advice to a lady. 1733.
Letters from a Persian in England to his friend at Ispahan. 1735.
Considerations upon the present state of affairs. 1739.
Farther considerations. 1739.
Observations on the life of Cicero. 1741.
The Court secret: a melancholy truth. 1742.
To the memory of a lady lately deceased: a monody. 1747.
Observations on the conversation and apostleship of St Paul in a letter to Gilbert West. 1747.
A modest apology for my own conduct. 1748.
The fourth ode of the fourth book of Horace. 1749.
James Thomson, Works [ed. Lyttelton]. 4 vols, 1750.
Dialogues of the dead. 1760.
An additional dialogue of the dead. 1760.
Four new dialogues of the dead. 1765.
The history of the life of King Henry the second and of the age in which he lived. 4 vols, 1767-71.
Poems. 1773.
Works, ed. G. E. Ayscough. 1774.
A gentleman's tour through Monmouthshire. 1781.
Poetical works. 1785.
Original letters, ed. R. Warner. 1817.
Memoirs and correspondence, ed. R. J. Phillimore. 2 vols, 1845.
Translations. 1861.