ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Boscawen

(1752-1811)


William Boscawen, translator of Horace and founder of the literary fund, was a younger son of General George Boscawen; he attended Eton (1760-1770) and matriculated at Exeter College Oxford (1770) as a gentleman-commoner, though he attended the Middle Temple to study law (1769). Boscawen was a commissioner in the Victualing Office (1785), and has a poem in Probationary Odes for the Laureateship (1785). He published legal texts and contributed notes to James Bland Burges's Richard I, written in Spenserians. Boscawen was a founder of the Literary Fund and a regular contributor to the British Critic.


TEXT RECORDS:

1785Probationary Odes No. XI. By Michael Angelo Taylor, Esq. M.P.
1799Ode for the Anniversary Meeting of the Subscribers to the Literary Fund.
1800Elegy on the Death of Dr. Joseph Warton.
1802Address to the Subscribers to the Literary Fund, at their Annual Anniversary Dinner, April 1, 1802.

PUBLICATIONS:

A treatise on convictions on penal statutes. 1792.
The odes, epodes, carmen saeculare ... of Horace, translated. 1793.
The progress of satire, an essay in verse. 1798.
Poems for the anniversary of the literary fund. Contributor, 1800.
Poems by William Boscawen. 1801.