1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Beaumont

Charles Dibdin, in Complete History of the Stage (1795) 3:203.



Beaumont and Fletcher, with many fair pretensions to theatrical reputation, never could fix a foundation solid enough to establish the sort of fame which commands legitimate suffrage upon the spot, and challenges the award of posterity. They were rather amateurs than writers, rather gentlemen than professors; yet has the stage many obligations to them.