Peter Lionel Courtier studied at a dissenting academy at Hammersmith under the Rev. Morgan Jones; he gave up his intention of becoming a clergyman to work as a clerk in the publishing firm of Law in Ave Maria Lane. With Richard Alfred Davenport and John Britton he founded an oratorical society called the "School of Eloquence" (1797). Courtier enjoyed modest success as poet with his Pleasures of Solitude (1800), and was for a brief time editor of the Universal Magazine. Losing this position when imprisoned for debt in 1807, he began a second career as a journalist, supplementing a small salary with donations from the Literary Fund.
1796The Pleasures of Solitude.
1796The Triumph of Freedom.
1800Pleasures of Solitude.
1803Ode on the Past.
1805Ode to a Medical Friend.
1806The Lyre of Love: Edmund Spenser.
Poems, consisting of elegies, sonnets, odes, canzonets, and the Pleasures of solitude. 1796.
Revolutions, a poem. 1796.
An elegiac tribute to the memory of the late Rev. Morgan Jones, LL.D. delivered April 6, 1797, at the anniversary meeting of the gentlemen educated under his tuition. 1797.
The warning voice. 1798.
Pleasures of solitude, with other poems. 1800, 1802, 1804.
Verulamiana; or, Opinions on men, manners, literature, politics and theology. By Francis Bacon [ed. Courtier]. 1803.
Poems, volume II. 1805.
The lyre of love [ed. Courtier]. 2 vols, 1806.
The pulpit; or, a biographical and literary account of eminent popular preachers. 3 vols, 1809, 1812, 1816.
Memoirs of the life of the Rev. W. Huntington. 1813.