1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac Reed

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:560.



ISAAC REED, the son of a baker, was born in London, on the 1st of January, 1742. He practised first as an attorney, and subsequently as a conveyancer, but devoted much of his time to literature, as well as to his profession. As an author, he is principally known by his splendid edition of Shakspeare, in twenty-one volumes, octavo, combining all the information of Johnson, Steevens, and Farmer, and justly considered the most perfect ever published, of the works of the immortal bard. Mr. Reed also wrote a History of the English Stage, prefixed to his edition of The Biographia Dramatica; was, for many years, owner and editor of The European Magazine; and, in 1783, published four volumes of a miscellaneous collection of humorous pieces, entitled The Repository. He was well known as a book collector, and his library occupied thirty-nine days in the sale of it by auction, after his death, which occurred on the 5th of January, 1807. Mr. Reed edited the poetical works of Lady Montagu, and several other publications; and he was one of the most valuable contributors to the Westminster and Gentleman's Magazines.