ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Bagshaw Stevens

(1756-1800)


William Bagshaw Stevens entered Magdalen College Oxford in 1772 (B.A. 1776, M.A. 1779, D.D. 1797). He was headmaster of Repton School, Derbyshire (1779-1800) and later rector of Seckindon and vicar of Kinsbury in Warwickshire. A correspondent of Anna Seward, Stevens contributed to the Gentleman's Magazine under the initials "M.C.S." Samuel Egerton Brydges's memoir of Stevens is a telling portrait of an ambitious poet condemned to the unhappy life of a provincial cleric and schoolmaster.


TEXT RECORDS:

1775Ode to the Muse.
1782Retirement.
1782To Health.
1783[On Phineas Fletcher.]
1789Three Idyls.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems: consisting of Indian odes and miscellaneous pieces. 1775.
Poems. 1782.
The journal of Rev. William Bagshaw Steevens, ed. G. Galbraith. 1965.