1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Percival Stockdale, in Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Percival Stockdale (1809) 1:93-94.



While I was for the second, and last time, at ALNWICK school, (I was then in my fourteenth year) the CLARISSA of the divine RICHARDSON had been just published; and it was universally read with the avidity which it deserved; and with that exquisite pleasure which it must ever give to sensible, and susceptible minds. I had already read PAMELA, which though far inferiour to CLARISSA, is evidently marked with original, and great genius; a praise which can be bestowed on comparatively very few books. I shall never forget how CLARISSA, at that early period of my life, engaged, and enraptured my fancy; how it excited, and inflamed the moral emotions of my heart.