1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Robert Southey to Miss Barker, 4 November 1812; Selections from the Letters, ed. Warter (1856) 2:297.



It is many years (two or three and twenty, I believe) since I read that book [Clarissa], but my remembrance of it is distinct and strong; — good proof of the power with which it is written. My own opinion of Richardson is, that for a man of decorous life he had a most impure imagination, and that the immorality of our old drama is far less mischievous than his moral stories of Pamela and Squire Booby (how I like Fielding for making out that name), and of Clarissa.