1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

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



An adventurer. He was originally a bookseller of the city of Bath; and his first attempt at distinction in literature consisted in a public reading of passages of some of the most celebrated poets. When Mr. Pratt assumed the character of an author, he stiled himself Courtney Melmoth, esquire; under which appellation he published the Tears of Genius for the Death of Dr. Goldsmith, a poem; Liberal Opinions, or the History of Benignus, in six volumes duodecimo; the Pupil of Pleasure founded upon Lord Chesterfield's letters, in two volumes; Shenstone Green, founded upon a passage in the works of Shenstone, in three volumes; Travels for the Heart in two volumes; Emma Corbet, or the Evils of Civil War in three volumes; the Sublime and Beautful of Scripture in two volumes; and an Apology for the Life and Writings of Hume in one volume. Mr. Pratt has written without this signature, Sympathy, a poem; the Fair Circassian, a tragedy founded on the novel of Almoran and Hamet; the School for Vanity, a comedy; Landscapes in Verse, a poem; and the Triumphs of Benevolence, an ode upon the intended statue of Mr. Howard. Mr. Pratt has collected his Miscellaneous Works in four volumes duodecimo. His most popular productions have been Emma Corbet, and the poem of Sympathy; and there are people now living who believe that they possess a degree of merit.