1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Campbell

W. Davenport Adams, in Dictionary of English Literature (1878) 278.



Hermippus Revived. A curious work by JOHN CAMPBELL (1708-1775), founded on a French book with a similar title, and published in 1743. "Its ostensible and apparently serious object was to prove the possibility of prolonging human life indefinitely by the inhalation of the breath of young girls; and great learning and ingenuity are expended upon the illustration of this thesis. But the writer afterwards confessed that his real purpose was to rival the celebrated Bayle, by showing that neither the serio-comic style of writing, nor recondite and curious learning, was confined to the French side of the Channel."