1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Richardson

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:199-200.



William Richardson, M.A. F.R.S.E. Professor of Humanity in the University of Glasgow. This gentleman republished, in 1797, in an octavo volume, under one uniform title, in an octavo volume, under one uniform title, with corrections and more commodious arrangement, "Essays on some of Shakspeare's Dramatic Characters," which had appeared separately at distinct times; and the earliest of which, published in 1773, was, we believe, his first production. These pieces have gained Professor Richardson very considerable applause as a critic, and as a man of taste. He also published, in 1774, an octavo volume of "Poems chiefly Rural," which were favourably received; and ten years afterward, "Anecdotes of the Russian Empire," in a series of letters, written from St. Petersburgh, an octavo volume. Since that time, Professor Richardson has written the Indians, a tragedy, performed at the Richmond Theatre, and printed in 1790. We need hardly add that this gentleman is an elegant, and an ingenious writer.