1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lewis Theobald

C. H. Timperley, in Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote (1842) 2:611.



Lewis Theobald, a poet, an essayist, and editor, was born at Sittingborne, in Kent, and was brought up to his father's profession of the law, which he soon relinquished, to devote himself to literature. In 1726, his talents seem to have found a proper channel, for in that year he entered upon the editorship of the works of Shakspeare, and which were ushered into the world, in 1733, in eight volumes, a production which, notwithstanding the abuse of Pope and Warburton, merited and acquired much reputation. He closed his life of poverty and literary labour in 1742.