David Lester Richardson traveled to India as a cadet in the Bengal army (1819) and served in the education department at Calcutta. He returned to London to edit the London Weekly Review (1827) and Colburn's Court Journal. He edited the Calcutta Monthly Journal and later the Calcutta Literary Gazette (1834-49). In 1837 Richardson was appointed professor of English literature at the Hindoo College at Calcutta, where he was principal. He returned to Britain in 1861 and spent his last years working as an editor in London.
Miscellaneous poems. 1822.
Sonnets, and other poems. 1825.
Literary leaves, or, prose and verse chiefly written in India. 1836, 1840.
Selections from the British poets. 1840.
The Anglo-Indian passage. 1845.
Literary chit-chat, with miscellaneous poems and an appendix of prose papers. 1848.
Literary recreations; or, essays, criticisms and poems, chiefly written in India. 1852.
Flowers and flower gardens. 1855.