1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Brown

Samuel Johnson, in "Life of Dryden," Lives of the English Poets (1779-81); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 4:540-41.



Brown was a man not deficient in literature, nor destitute of fancy; but he seems to have thought it the pinnacle of excellence to be a "merry fellow;" and therefore laid out his powers upon small jests and gross buffoonery, so that his performances have little intrinsic value, and were read only while they were recommended by the novelty of the event that essayed them.