ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Seward

(1747-1799)


William Seward, the son of a London brewer of the same name, was educated at Charterhouse and Oriel College, Oxford, where he did not take a degree. After college Seward traveled on the Continent before returning to London where he was a friend of Samuel Johnson and the Thrales. Though he was a friend of Anna Seward, he was not related to her. Seward's chief literary productions were his collections of anecdotes, originally published in newspapers and magazines.


TEXT RECORDS:

1798An Elegy, written in St. Stephen's Chapel.
1799Ode to the German Drama.
1799The Fate of France. Imitated from Horace. Book I. Ode XV.

PUBLICATIONS:

Anecdotes of some distinguished persons, chiefly of the present and two preceding centuries. 4 vols, 1795-96.
Biographiana. 2 vols, 1799.