1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Frances Burney, 1780; Diary and Letters of the Author of Madam D'Arblay, ed. Austin Dobson (1904-05) 1:353-54.



Afterwards, who should be announced but the author of the Bath Guide, Mr. Anstey. I was now all eye; but not being able to be all ear, I heard but little that he said, and that little was scarce worth hearing. He had no opportunity of shining, and was as much like another man as you can imagine. It is very unfair to expect wonders from a man all at once; yet it was impossible to help being disappointed, because his air, look, and manner are mightily heavy and unfavourable to him.