1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Robert Shelton Mackenzie, Note in Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 1:130n.



Procter, who was Byron's schoolfellow at Harrow, assumed the nom de plume of Barry Cornwall, when he published his first volume of Dramatic Sketches, in 1815. He wrote a tragedy called Mirandola, played in 1821, at Covent Garden Theatre. Marcian Colonna, The Flood of Thessaly, a Life of Edmund Kean (was was severely criticised in Blackwood), and a variety of songs, many of which are admirable, complete the list of his writings — except his magazine articles, which have been collected in this country [the United States] (but not yet in England), and published his "Essays and Tales in Prose." As a song-writer, vigorous, yet delicate, in thought and expression, Procter has won a name "the world will not willingly let die."