1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

Anonymous, "Biographical List of Living English Poets" Gentleman's Magazine 62 (August 1792) 690.



Mr. Merry, better known by the signature of Della Crusca, was, though of a mercantile family, well known on coming into life in fashionable circles; from whence he retired to Italy, and was a member of a literary society there, which consisted of Mrs. Piozzi, Mr. Bertie Greathed, Mr. Parsons, &c. On his return to England, he communicated to the news-paper, called The World, most of those poems signed Della Crusca, which, however tinsel and unchaste, have gained him a popular representation. He married some time since the celebrated actress Miss Brunton.