1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bertie Greatheed

Anna Seward to Dr. Warner, 3 June 1788; Letters, ed. Scott (1811) 2:128.



It appears to me, that Mr. Greathead has considerable genius — is dashing — self-sufficient, and utterly without taste; but his play acts well, and, with all its faults, is worth a thousand of such vapid rants as Mrs. Cowley's last tragedy, which, she tells us, in her preface, "throws itself, crowned with laurels, at her brother's feet."