1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Edmond Malone, 1783; Maloniana, in Sir James Prior, Life of Edmond Malone (1860) 340-41.



Dr. Warton, in his Essay on Pope, has mentioned that three of our celebrated poets died singular deaths. He might have added Shenstone to the number. He had a housekeeper who lived with him in the double capacity of maid and mistress; and being offended with her on some occasion, he went out of his house and sat all night in his post-chaise in much agitation, in consequence of which he caught a cold that eventually caused his death.