1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Baron

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:138-39.



This was a Young Gentleman, who liv'd in the Reign of King Charles I. and the Interregnum of Oliver. He was first bred at Cambridge, and afterwards was a Member of the Honourable Society of Grays-Inn. He wrote three Dramatick Pieces [list omitted].

Robert Baron, who received part of his education at Cambridge, and was a member of Gray's Inn, when he published his Cyprian Academy, was regarded as a genius of great expectation. He dedicated this work to his uncle, James Howell, esq. and to all the ladies and gentlewomen of England, among whom he had many admirers. The first fruits of his studies seem to have gained him a much greater reputation than his latter productions. Certain it is, that in his dramatic pieces, both in tragedy and comedy, he never rose above mediocrity: of these, Mirza is esteemed his best.