1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Benjamin Victor

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 3:150.



Victor descended regularly, from the honourable trade of shaving and perriwig-making, to that of vending Norwich stuffs, and lastly to that of poetry. He was passionately fond of the theatre, and thought by the converse of the proposition, "All the World's a Stage," that the Stage was all the World; it was so in reality to him, for all his pleasures and all his disappointments originated from it. He was treasurer of Drury-Lane Theatre, and was faithful and scrupulous in the execution of his trust; while in this office, he published his works in 3 vols 8vo. omitting only The Widow of the Wood, and The History of the Stage; he died advanced in years, at his lodgings, in Covent Garden, in 1778.