ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

(1754-1832)


Largely self-taught, George Crabbe began his career as an apprentice surgeon (1768-75). He practiced at Aldeburgh (1775-80) before making his way to London where he published his first poetry and was assisted in beginning a literary career by Edmund Burke, who introduced him to Johnson and Reynolds; Burke later got him established in the church (1782). Crabbe held a number of clerical positions while maintaining close ties to the literary establishment in London. The success of his later poems made him, late in life, both famous and financially secure. Byron described Crabbe as "Nature's sternest painter, yet the best."


TEXT RECORDS:

1772On Melancholy.
1782To the Duke of Rutland.
1783The Village: a Poem.
1807The Birth of Flattery.
1807The Parish Register. Part I. Baptisms.
1812Tales in Verse: Preface.
1812 ca.Tracy.
1814Verses written for the Fourth Day of January, 1814.
1827 ca.David Morris.
1827To the Hon. Mrs. Spencer.

PUBLICATIONS:

Inebriety: a poem in three parts. 1775.
The candidate: a poetical epistle to the authors of the Monthly Review. 1780.
The library. 1781.
The village: a poem in two books. 1783.
The news-paper. 1785.
A discourse on 2 Corinthians 1.9 read in the chapel at Belvoir Castle after the funeral of the Duke of Rutland. 1788.
Poems. 1807.
The borough: a poem in twenty-four letters. 1810.
Tales. 1812.
Poetical works. 4 vols, 1816, 1822, 5 vols, 1823.
Tales of the hall. 2 vols, 1819.
Posthumous sermons, ed. J. D. Hastings. 1850.
Poems, ed. A. W. Ward. 3 vols, 1905-07.
New Poems, ed. Arthur Pollard. 1960.
Poems, ed. Norma Russell and Arthur Pollard. 1973.
Selected letters and journals, ed. Thomas C. Faulkner. 1985.
Complete poetical works, ed. Norma Dalrymple-Champneys and Arthur Pollard. 3 vols, 1988.