1853 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Robinson

Frederic Rowton, in Female Poets of Great Britian (1853) 166.



Mary Robinson was a native of Bristol, where she was born in 1758. Her father, whose name was Darby, was a merchant there. At the age of fifteen she married a young lawyer, Mr. Robinson, but the union was not a happy one. Profligacy and extravagance soon reduced her circumstances, and Mrs. Robinson, whose beauty and talents were remarkable, turned for subsistence to the stage. Her character suffered by her connection with the theatre; and she became, unfortunately, notorious for her gallantries. As an authoress, she displays very considerable powers, but, being one of the Della Cruscan school, she was mercilessly attacked by Gifford. She died in 1800.