Born to Unitarian parents, William Taylor was educated at the Barbauld's academy at Palgrave, where Frank Sayers was a fellow student. He traveled on the Continent, and visited Edinburgh with Sayers. Taylor translated German poetry and contributed largely to the Monthly, Critical, and Annual Reviews, as well as the Monthly Magazine.
1796Sacred Music. An Ode.
1796Translation of Horace, Book III Ode 2.
1798Nelson's Victory. An Ode.
1798Ode on the Death of Messrs. Shears of Dublin.
1798The Abolition of Catholicism. Written on learning the Arrival of the French at Rome in 1798.
1798Translation of Horace, Book III Ode 3.
1799A Topographical Ode.
1799Recovery. An Ode from Klopstock.
1799Zuric-Lake. An Ode from Klopstock.
1800Odes by Karl Wilhelm Ramler.
1801Wortigerne, a Playe.
1813A Song of Freedom, for the Nineteenth Century. An Ode written in 1775.
Nathan the Wise [Lessing, trans. Taylor]. 1791.
Iphigenia in Tauris [Goethe, trans. Taylor]. 1794.
Dialogues of the gods [Wieland, trans. Taylor]. 1795.
Ellenore [Burger, trans. Taylor]. 1796.
Select fairy tales [Wieland, trans. Taylor]. 1796.
Tales of yore [trans. Taylor]. 3 vols, 1810.
Letter concerning the two first chapters of Luke. 1810.
English synonyms discriminated. 1813.
Frank Sayers, Collected works, ed. Taylor. 1823.
A survey of German poetry. 1843.