1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Hawkesworth

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Autobiography (1834) 1:98.



Hawkesworth was once fashionable, but is now forgotten. He was a dry, artificial writer, with no originality of mind. There are scarcely any good papers in the Adventurer, except the critical ones of Joseph Warton. At this time the public journals were written with a woeful deficiency of taste and talent.