1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Warton

Anonymous, "Anecdotes of the Author" European Magazine 1 (February 1782) 151.



This learned and excellent author is one of the sons of Mr. Thomas Warton, who was vicar of Basingstoke, in Hampshire, and sometime Poetry-Professor in the university of Oxford. He was educated at Winchester school, and about the year 1740 went from thence to Oxford; at the same time the celebrated and unhappy poet, William Collins, left that seminary. He was entered of Oriel college; and, in 1745, published in 4to. his Odes, which soon came to a second edition. On the appearance of Mr. West's Pindar, he published a complimentary Ode; and, about the year 1750, travelled abroad. In 1754, he gave the public his translation of part and his edition of all of Virgil's works; and, in 1756, printed the first volume of his Essay on Pope. He took the degree of M.A. by diploma, June 23, 1759, and those of B. and D.D. January 15, 1768. He at present presides over Winchester school, the place of his education, where his deportment has acquired him the regard and esteem of all with whom he is in any way connected. His younger brother, Mr. Thomas Warton, is the author of The History of English Poetry, and other excellent performances.