1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Thomson

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:307.



This gentleman published, in 1791, in an octavo volume, Whist, a poem, which possesses considerable merit. He has, since that time, written and ingenious Essay on Novels; The Paradise of Taste, a poem; and The German Miscellany, consisting of translations of dramas, dialogues, tales, and novels. Mr Thomson, as a writer, possesses no mean talents in the art of pleasing; but he cannot be said to rank in the first class in point of strength, elegance, and taste.