ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Farmer

(1735-1797)


Richard Farmer, antiquarian and Shakespeare scholar, was born at Leicester. He entered Emmanuel College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1753 (B.A. 1757, Fellow 1759, M.A. 1760, D.D. 1775) and was successively tutor (1760), master of Emmanuel (1775-97), vice-chancellor of Cambridge (1775-76, 1787-88), F.S.A. (1763), prebendary of Lichfield (1780), Canterbury (1782), and St. Paul's (1788). Farmer declined the offer of a bishopric, preferring his comfortable life as a scholar. His essay on Shakespeare set new standards of scholarship and was long regarded as authoritative. The 1798 sale catalogue of Farmer's books (8,155 lots) ran to 379 pages.


TEXT RECORDS:

1755[Untitled, "Haste, young-eyed May! and gently pour."]
1760Sonnet. ["Full little, blessed Spirit, need'st thou wear."]

PUBLICATIONS:

An essay on the learning of Shakespeare. 1767.
Bibliotheca Farmeriana. A catalogue of the curious, valuable, and extensive library of the late Richard Farmer. 1798.
The correspondence of Thomas Percy and Richard Farmer, ed. David Nichol Smith and Cleanth Brooks. 1946.