1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Samuel Johnson, 1772; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 2:200-01.



ERSKINE. "Surely, Sir, Richardson is very tedious." JOHNSON. "Why, Sir, if you were to read Richardson for the story, your impatience would be so much fretted that you would hang yourself. But you must read him for the sentiment, and consider the story as only giving occasion to the sentiment."