ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Robert Anderson

(1750-1830)


Robert Anderson was born at Carnwath, Lanarkshire. He studied divinity and medicine at Edinburgh University; after taking his M.D. from St. Andrews in 1778 he briefly practiced as a surgeon. Anderson married well and used his financial independence to set up as a man of letters, editing the Edinburgh Magazine and — his signal achievement — the Works of the British Poets (1792-1807). He gave assistance to many young poets, notably Thomas Campbell. The Doctor died at Edinburgh on the 20th of February 1830.


TEXT RECORDS:

1795Works of the British Poets: Edmund Spenser.
1795Works of the British Poets: Phineas Fletcher.

PUBLICATIONS:

Works of the British poets. 14 vols, 1792-5, 1807.
Robert Blair, Poetical works (with life by Anderson). 1794.
Miscellaneous works of Tobias Smollett (with life by Anderson). 1796.
Nathaniel Cotton, Poems (with life by Anderson). 1800.
Life of Samuel Johnson. 1815.
Works of John Moore, M.D., ed. Anderson. 7 vols, 1820.
Memoir of the life and writings of John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury. 1824.
Correspondence of Thomas Percy and Robert Anderson, ed. W. E. K. Anderson. 1988.