1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Samuel Johnson, in "Life of Pope" Lives of the English Poets (1779-81); ed. Hill (1905) 3:145-46.



At the head of the Dunces he placed poor Theobald, whom he accused of ingratitude, but whose real crime was supposed to be that of having revised Shakespeare more happily than himself. This satire had all the effect which he intended, by blasting the characters which it touched. Ralph, who, unnecessarily interposing in the the quarrel, got a place in a subsequent edition, complained that for a time he was in danger of starving, as the booksellers had no longer any confidence in his capacity.