ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

(1701-1749)


Matthew Concanen was born in Ireland and trained for the law. He wrote poems and a comedy before emigrating to London after 1722. He wrote for the journals, published poetry, and edited anthologies of Whig poets. After serving some years as one of Sir Walpole's hired writers, Concanen was made attorney-general of Jamaica (1732-38). Having made his fortune, he returned to Britain but died before reaching Ireland, where he intended to settle.


TEXT RECORDS:

1722A Letter to a Critick, in Vindication of the Modern Poets.

PUBLICATIONS:

A match at football: a poem in three cantos. 1720.
Meliora's Tears for Thyrsis. 1720.
Wexford Wells: a comedy. 1721.
Miscellaneous poems by several hands. 1724.
A complete collection of all the verses, essays, letters, by Pope and company, with a large dedication by Matthew Concanen. 1728.
A supplement to the profound. 1728.
The specialist: a collection of letters and essays. 1730, 1732.
The flowerpiece, ed. Concanen. 1731.
The jovial crew: a comic opera. 1731.