1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Edwards

Joseph Warton, in Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 9:434n.



I do not recollect any edition of any author whatever, that was ever more totally exposed and demolished, on account of its numerous and perverse interpretations, and improbable conjectures, than this edition in question [Warburton's Shakespeare], by Mr. Thomas Edwards, in his twenty-five Canons of Criticism, which were drawn and illustrated, with equal humour and judgment, from Warburton's own notes and remarks. In vain was the author thrust into a niche of the Dunciad; these Canons will continue to be read with equal pleasure and conviction, as well as the Ode which Akenside wrote to him on the subject.