1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Cooper

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1836; 1881) 3:507 & n.



When Mrs. Cooper attempted The Muse's Library, the first essay which influenced the national taste to return to our deserted poets in our most poetical age, it was Oldys who only could have enabled this lady to perform that task so well.... It is a stout octavo volume of 400 pages, containing a good selection of specimens from the earliest era, concluding with Sam. Daniel, in the reign of James I. Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper was the wife of an auctioneer, who had been a chum of Oldys's in the Fleet Prison, where he died a debtor; and it was to aid his widow that Oldys edited this book.