Samuel Jackson Pratt


In 1773 Samuel Pratt abandoned a clerical career to ascend the boards in Dublin as "Courtney Melmouth." Failing at Covent Garden in 1774, he became a bookseller at Bath and a sentimental poet and novelist. A most prolific writer, Pratt's works were obviously written with an eye towards income. His dubious moral character did little to recommend the literature of sensibility to his more sober-minded contemporaries, though in later years he obtained some respectability as a man of letters.


1774The Deserted Town.
1774The Tears of Genius. Occasioned by the Death of Dr. Goldsmith.
1779The Shadows of Shakespeare: a Monody, occasioned by the Death of Mr. Garrick.
1782Time's Answer to the Lady of Norwich.


The prediction: or, the history of Miss Lucy Maxwell. By a lady. 1770.
The precipitate choice: or, the history of Lord Ossory and Miss Rivers. By a lady. 2 vols, 1772.
The tears of genius. Occasioned by the death of Dr. Goldsmith. 1774.
Liberal opinions or the history of Benignus. 6 vols, 1775-77.
The progress of painting. 1775.
Garrick's looking glass, or the art of rising on the stage: a poem. 1776.
The pupil of pleasure. 2 vols, 1776.
Travels for the heart, written in France. 2 vols, 1777.
An apology for the life of Hume. 1777.
Supplement to the life of Hume. 1777.
The shadows of Shakespeare. 1780.
Shenstone-green: or the new Paradise lost. 3 vols, 1779.
The tutor of truth. 3 vols, 1779.
Emma Corbett: or the miseries of civil war. 1780.
Sympathy: or a sketch of the social passion. 1781.
The fair Circassian: a tragedy. 1781.
Landscapes in verse. 1785.
Miscellanies. 4 vols, 1785.
The triumph of benevolence. 1786.
Humanity, or the rights of nature: a poem. 1788.
Ode on his Majesty's recovery. 1789.
The new cosmetic, or the triumph of beauty: a comedy. 1790.
Gleanings through Wales, Holland, and Wesphalia. 4 vols, 1795.
Letter to the old tars of England. 1797.
Family secrets, literary and domestic. 5 vols, 1797.
Letter to the British soldiers. 1797.
Our good old castle on the rock. 1797.
Pity's gift. 1798.
Cottage pictures or the poor: a poem. 1801.
Gleanings in England. 2 vols, 1801.
The paternal present: being a sequel to pity's gift. 1802.
Bread: or the poor. 1802.
John and Dame: or the loyal cottagers. 1803.
Harvest-home. 3 vols, 1805.
Classical poetry, for the use of schools. 1807.
The cabinet of poetry. 6 vols, 1808.
The contrast: a poem. 1808.
The sorrows of Werther: a new translation. 1809.
The lower world: a poem. 1810.