1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Mackenzie

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:468.



This gentleman is a native of Scotland; and, for the elegance of his writings, has been sometimes called the Addison of the North. He commenced his career as an author by the publication, in 1771, of The Man of Feeling, a novel. In the same year appeared his Pursuits of Happiness, a poem; which was followed by The Man of the World, and Julia de Roubigne, novels. In 1779, when a society of literary gentlemen at Edinburgh came to the resolution of publishing a periodical paper, Mr. MacKenzie, then of the exchequer in that city, was intrusted with the conduct of the work. His numerous papers in The Mirror, the first production of that society, are particularly distinguished for elegance and neatness. The Lounger succeeded, to which he likewise contributed many excellent essays. In 1793, our author edited a quarto volume of Poems by the late Rev. Dr. Thos. Blacklock, together with an Essay on the Education of the Blind, &c. In the dramatic way, he is the author of, 1. The Prince of Tunis. T. 8vo. 1773. 2. The Shipwreck. T. 8vo. 1784. 3. The Force of Fashion. C. 1789. N.P. 4. The White Hypocrite. Com.