1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Oliver Goldsmith, in The Bee No. 8 (24 November 1759); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 2:762.



Though Sir Richard Steele's reputation as a public writer was owing to his connexions with Mr. Addison, yet, after their intimacy was formed, Steele sunk in his merit as an author. This was not owing so much to the evident superiority on the part of Addison, as to the unnatural efforts which Steele made to eclipse him. This emulation destroyed that genuine flow of diction which is discoverable in all his former compositions.