1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Read

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 395.



WILLIAM READ. — An Effusion of Feeling on the Lamented Death of the Princess Charlotte, Belfast, 1817, 8vo; The Hill of Caves, with other Poems, London and Belfast, 1818, 8vo; Rouge et Noir, a poem in six cantos, Versailles, and other poems, London, 1821, 12mo (anonymously); Sketches from Dover Castle, Julian and Francesca, Rouge et Noir, etc, London, 1859, 8vo.

Rouge-et-Noir has been attributed to Sir John Dean Paul, and was credited to him in British Museum catalogue. Read was a clever and rather well-known young poet in 1820, and used to write frequently for Literary Gazette, etc., over signatures of "Eustace." He was born in Co. Down about 1795, and in an obituary notice is described as "Lieut.-Col. Wm. Read, late commanding H.M. North Down Rifles, formerly of Union Park, Queen's Co., and of Tullychin, Co. Down." He died (abroad, apparently) on December 26, 1866. His Versailles was dedicated to H. S. Bereford (q.v.). For references to him consult Jerdan's Autobiography (Vol. ii., p. 81, and vol iii. p. 277).