1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Playhouse (1764) Sig. N.



Mr. Fielding's Genius, as I have before observed, was most superior in those strong, lively and natural Printings of the Characters of Mankind, and the Movements of the human Heart, which constitute the Basis of his Novels, yet, as Comedy bears the closest Affinity to this Kind of Writing, his dramatic Pieces, every one of which is comic, are far from being contemptible. — His Farces and Ballad Pieces, more especially, have a Sprightliness of Manner, and a Forcibleness of Character, which it is impossible to avoid the being agreeably entertained by and in those among them which he has in any Degree borrowed from Moliere or any other Writer, he has done his Original great Honour and Justice by the Manner in which he has handled the Subject.