1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hoole

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "John Hoole" Censura Literaria 6 (1808) 217-18 &n.



This ingenious, and very laborious author scarce aspired to the merit of original composition. He was a very useful and elegant translator from the Italian in a style which, though it bore no similitude to the spirit of the originals, yet produced popular and amusing works for modern readers of no extraordinary erudition or energy. He was the son of Samuel Hoole, a London watchmaker, and was born about 1727; and was designed for his father's trade, but was too short-sighted for the business. He was therefore placed a clerk in the accountant's office of the East India Company; from whence in due time he was removed to the office of Auditor of Indian Accounts, in which office he remained till he retired upon an annuity not long before his death. From an early period he employed his leisure hours in the cultivation of literature; and in 1763 brought forth his translation of Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, 2 vols. 8vo. In 1767 he published The Works of Metastasio, translated from the Italian, 2 vols. 12mo. — and in 1773 the first volume of a translation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, which he published complete ten years afterwards, in five vols. 8vo. — and in 1792 a translation of Tasso's Rinaldo in 1 vol. 8vo. He also wrote three tragedies, Cyrus, 1768; Timanthes, 1770; and Cleonice, 1775. He also edited the Critical Essays on the English Poets of his friend John Scott of Amwell, to which he prefixed an account of the life and writings of the author, 1785, 8vo. He retired in his latter days to Tenterden in Kent; but died at Dorking in Surrey, Aug. 2, 1803, aet. 76.

* His son, the Rev. Samuel Hoole, married a daughter of Arthur Young, the Secretary to the Board of Agriculture. He is author of Edward, or the Curate, a poem, 1787; and Aurelia, or the Contest, a poem, 1785.