1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Cook

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Writers (1816) 74.



WILLIAM COOKE, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister at Law, a native of Cork, first educated at the Grammar School of that city, and afterwards under a private tutor. He was destined for the business of his maternal grandfather, a manufacturer of woolen yarns, but on the death of his first wife at the age of 22, he repaired to London, entered himself a student at the Middle Temple, and was called to the bar about 1776. He took to his second wife a sister of the late Major Galway, who died commander of Trichinopoly. His publications are: The Elements of Dramatic Criticism, 8vo, 1775 — The Art of Living in London, a poem, .... — Memoirs of Hidebrand Freeman, Esq.... — The Capricious Lady, com. [altered from Beaumont and Fletcher's Scornful Lady,] 8vo. 1783. — The Bankrupt Laws, 2 v. 8vo. 1788. 5th edit. 2 v. roy. 8vo. 1804. Supplement to the 5th edit. 8vo. 1809. — Conversation, a didactic poem, 4to. 1796, 2d ed. cr. 8vo. 1807. — Memoirs of Charles Macklin, 8vo.... — Memoirs of Sam. Foote, 3 v. fc. 8vo. 1805.