1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:688.



In the same style of literary illustration, with more imagination and poetical susceptibility, may be mentioned SIR EGERTON BRYDGES, who published the Censura Literaria, 1805-09, in ten volumes; the British Bibliographer, in three volumes; an enlarged edition of Collins's British Peerage; Letters on the Genius of Lord Byron, &c. As principle editor of the Retrospective Review, Sir Egerton Brydges drew public attention to the beauties of many old writers, and extended the feeling of admiration which Charles Lamb, Hazlitt, and others, had awakened for the early masters of the English lyre. In 1835 this veteran author edited an edition of Milton's poetical works in six volumes. A tone of querulous egotism and complaint pervades most of the original works of this author, but his taste and exertions in English literature entitle him to respect.