1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

Anonymous, in Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



Member of the Florence academy, late La Crusca. This gentleman has spent one half of his life in Italy, and was a principal contributor to a collection of pieces in prose and verse, superintended by Mrs. Piozzi, and entitled the Florence Miscellany. In 1787, he published Paulina, or the Russian Daughter, a poem; and is supposed to have contributed several poetical pieces to the newspaper, entitled the World, under the signature of Della Crusca. They are not destitute of feeling and imagination, but are defective in regularity, equality, and concentration. In their publication they have been interspersed with poems by a lady in England, under the signature of Anna Matilda. We conjecture this lady to be Mrs. Piozzi.