1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Horace Walpole to Horace Mann, 20 December 1764; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 4:305-06.



There is a Madame de Beaumont who has lately written a very pretty novel, called Lettres du Marquis du Roselle. It is imitated, too, from an English standard, and in my opinion a most woeful one; I mean the works of Richardson, who wrote those deplorably tedious lamentations, Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison, which are pictures of high life as conceived by a bookseller, and romances as they would be spiritualised by a Methodist teacher: but Madame de Beaumont has almost avoided sermons, and almost reconciled sentiments and common sense.