1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Isaac Reed

Robert Southey to Grosvenor C. Bedford, 16 February 1804; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 2:260.



With what can Isaac Reid have filled his one-and-twenty volumes? Comments upon Shakspeare seem to keep pace with the National Debt, and will at last become equally insufferable and out of fashion; yet I should like to see his book, and would buy it if I could. There must be a mass of English learning heaped together, and his Biog. Dramatica is so good a work that I do not think old age can have made him make a bad one; besides, this must have been the work or amusement of his life....