1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King

Horace Walpole to William Mason, 19 February 1781; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 8:10.



I dipped into them [Johnson's Lives of the Poets], and found that the tasteless pedant admires that wretched buffoon Dr. King, who is but a Tom Brown in rhyme; and says that The Dispensary, that chef d'oeuvre, can scarce make itself read. This is prejudice on both sides, equal to that monkish railer Pere Garasse.