1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Steevens

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 4:391.



A dramatic critic and biographer, GEORGE STEEVENS (1736-1800), was associated with Johnson in the second edition of his Shakspeare, 1773. In 1793 he published an enlarged edition of his Shakspeare. He was acute and well read in dramatic literature, but prone to literary mystification and deception. Gifford styled him the "Puck of commentators."