1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Joseph Warton, Note in Life of Pope; Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 8:235-36.



The Poem [Mallet's Of Verbal Criticism] was a very fulsome piece of flattery to Pope, and a pretty exact imitation of his manner, and contained much contemptible and illiberal abuse of many useful and illustrious critics, with whom Mallet was little acquainted. Mallet never forgave, and did some ill offices, especially with Lord Melcombe, to the Author of the Essay on the Genius of Pope, who unluckily cited his Amyntor and Theodora, as containing some examples of false writing and unnatural images. Mallet's Life of Lord Bacon was too highly commended by Chesterfield, and his friends. He once intended to write the History of the Exclusion Bill.