1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

Anonymous, Review of Savage, Works; The Monthly Review 44 (July 1776) 71-72.



We are much pleased with this elegant Edition of the works of a man, whose merit as a poet, and whole misfortunes as a man, have rendered him, in a peculiar manner, the object of Public attention; an attention too, that has been greatly heightened by those admirable Memoirs, long known to the learned world, and here reprinted: Dr. Johnson's Life of Savage being, indeed, deservedly esteemed one of the most excellent pieces of biography in the English language.

Of Mr. Savage's Works we need say nothing. His Wanderer and Bastard, in particular, will for ever secure to him that "eminence of rank in the classes of learning," in which he has been justly placed by his celebrated Biographer.