ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gerard Langbaine

(1656-1692)


The son of a Provost of Queen's College, Oxford, Gerard Langbaine the younger was apprenticed to a bookseller in St. Paul's churchyard before attending University College Oxford, where he later held several positions. Langbaine regarded John Dryden as responsible for the spurious title page ("Plagiaries of the English Stage") appended to his New Catalogue of English Plays (1688) and attempted to exact revenge in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691). The antiquary Thomas Hearne esteemed Langbaine as "a very great scholar, and a great judge of our English history and antiquities" Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 3:28.


TEXT RECORDS:

1691English Dramatick Poets: Abraham Cowley.

PUBLICATIONS:

An exact catalogue of all the comedies that were ever printed or published, till this present year 1680. 1680.
The hunter: a discourse on horsemanship. 1686.
Momus triumphans: or, the plagiaries of the English stage. 1687.
An account of the English dramatick poets. 1691.
The lives and characters of the English dramatick poets. 1698.