1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Winstanley

Joseph Haslewood, in Censura Literaria 8 (1808) 384.



Langbaine, who had been many years compiling his Account of the Dramatic Poets, and who sought on all occasions to expose the errors of Winstanley, was under the acknowledged necessity of copying from that writer's meagre narrative; and which narrative, like the distending bladder that swells with each gust of foul air, has been increased in its appearance of malignity by every subsequent writer.