1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Campbell

Isaac D'Israeli, in Calamities of Authors (1812; 1881) 84-85.



The fate of the Biographia Britannica, in its first edition, must be noticed: the spirit and acuteness of CAMPBELL, the curious industry of OLDYS, and the united labours of very able writers, could not secure public favour; this treasure of our literary history was on the point of being suspended, when a poem by Gilbert West drew the public attention to that elaborate work, which, however, still languished, and was hastily concluded.