ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King

(1663-1712)


After study at Westminster School, William King attended Christ Church Oxford in 1681 (B.A. 1685, M.A. 1688, LL.D. and D.C.L. 1692); he practiced at Doctors' Commons (1692). King was secretary to Princess Anne of Denmark (1694) and Judge of the Admiralty in Ireland (1702). His biographer John Nichols describes King as an indolent wit, unable or unwilling to pursue several opportunities for preferment.


TEXT RECORDS:

1704Mully of Mountown. A Poem.
1708The Art of Love: in imitation of Ovid.
1709The Beasts in Power, or, Robin's Song.
1710[Richard Steele's Vanity reproved by The Faerie Queene.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Reflections upon Mr. Varillas his History of heresy. 1688.
Dialogues of the dead related to the present controversy concerning the Epistles of Phalaris. 1699.
The furmetary: a very innocent and harmless poem. In three cantos. 1699.
A journey to England, with some account of the manners and customs. 1700.
The transactioneer, with some of his philosophical fancies, in two dialogues. 1700.
The fairy feast. 1704.
Some remarks on the Tale of a tub. To which are annexed Mully of Mountown, and Orpheus and Euridice. 1704.
Miscellanies in prose and verse. 2 vols, 1707-12.
The art of cookery, in imitation of Horace. 1708.
The art of love, in imitation of Ovid. 1709.
The examiner [edited by King]. 1710-12.
A friendly letter ... to the Rev'd Mr. Goddard. 1710.
An historical account of the heathen gods and heroes. 1711.
Mr. B—t's recantation; in a letter to Henry Sacheverell. 1711.
A vindication of the rev. Dr. H. Sacheverell ... in a dialogue between a Tory and a Wh-g. 1711.
Rufinus, or an historical essay. 1712.
Persian tales, translated. 1714.
Miscellaneous poems and translations by several hands. 1720.
Remains ... containing miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose. 1732.
Posthumous works. 1734.
An essay on civil government. 1776.
Original works, ed. John Nichols. 3 vols, 1776.
Poetical works. 2 vols, 1781.