ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Steevens

(1736-1800)


George Steevens was the only child of a father of the same name who was a merchant captain and director of the East India Company. After study at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, Steevens settled in London, and afterwards at Hampstead, where he devoted himself to collecting Elizabethan literature and Hogarth's engravings. In 1766 he published an edition of Shakespeare's plays from the quarto printings, and in 1773 contributed annotations to the 10-volume edition of Shakespeare known as Steevens's edition. He assisted Isaac Reed in compiling the revised Biographia Dramatica (1782) and Reed's edition of Shakespeare (1785).


TEXT RECORDS:

1769Shakespeare's Feast. An Ode.

PUBLICATIONS:

Twenty of the plays of Shakespeare. 4 vols, 1766.
Plays of William Shakespeare, with notes by Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. 10 vols, 1773.
Biographical anecdotes of Hogarth [with John Nichols]. 1781.