1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 460.



It is creditable to the memory of Pope to have been the encourager of this ingenious man, who rose from the situation of a footman to be a very eminent bookseller. His plan of republishing Old English Plays is said to have been suggested to him by the literary amateur Coxeter but the execution of it leaves us still indebted to Dodsley's enterprise.