1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Anonymous, in Bell's Classical Arrangement of Fugitive Poets (1789-97) 6:189.



John Dennis the celebrated critic, at the age of almost 77, became blind and overwhelmed with debts. His deplorable situation exciting the compassion of Mr. [James] Thomson, that gentleman procured for him a benefit at the theatre in the Hay-market. The play was the Provoked Husband: and Mr. Pope wrote a Prologue, which was spoken by Theophilus Cibber. The exhibition, however, which produced near 100 pounds was of but little service, as the unfortunate old man survived but a very short time.