ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Edwards

(1699-1757)


Thomas Edwards was privately educated before study at Lincoln's Inn (from 1721). He practiced law until retiring in 1739, when he purchased an estate at Turrick. In a 1751 letter to his friend Samuel Richardson, Edwards describes plans to edit Spenser, though the project was quickly abandoned. Edwards is remembered for his controversy with Bishop Warburton over editing Shakespeare, and for his contribution to reviving the sonnet — several of Edwards's sonnets received a wide circulation in Dodsley's Collection of Poems.

TEXT RECORDS:

1748Sonnet I. [To Philip Yorke.]
1748Sonnet II. [To John Clerke, Esq.]
1748Sonnet III. To F. K. [Francis Knollys] Esq.
1748Sonnet VIII. On the Cantos of Spenser's Fairy Queen, lost in the Passage from Ireland.
1748Sonnet XIII. To the Right Hon. Mr. [Onslow], with the foregoing Sonnets.
1750 ca.Sonnet XIII. To the same [Daniel Wray]. Written in a fit of Sickness.
1751Sonnet to Miss H. M[ulso].
1751[To Samuel Richardson, on editing and booksellers.]
1751[To Samuel Richardson, on editing Spenser.]
1752 ca.Sonnets to three Ladies, sent with the Book.
1752 ca.[Additional Stanzas for Gray's Elegy.]
1754 ca.Sonnet XVII. To Isaac Hawkins Browne.
1754[To Samuel Richardson, on Sonnets.]

PUBLICATIONS:

A letter to the author of a late epistolary dissertation addressed to Mr. Warburton. 1744.
A supplement to Mr. Warburton's edition of Shakespear. Being the canons of criticism. 1748.
The Canons of Criticism. 1750.
An account of the trial of the letter y alias Y. 1753.
Free and candid thoughts on the doctrine of predestination. 1761.