1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 3:197-98.



The first hero of the Dunciad, LEWIS THEOBALD (who died in 1744) procured the enmity of Pope by criticising his edition of Shakspeare, and editing a more valuable edition himself. Being well versed in the Elizabethan writers, and in dramatic literature generally, Theobald excelled Pope as a commentator. He also wrote some poetical and dramatic pieces, but they are feeble performances.