1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Horace Walpole to George Montagu, 20 June 1766; Letters, ed Cunningham (1906) 4:504-05.



There is a new thing published, that will make you bepiss your cheeks with laughing. It is called the New Bath Guide. It stole into the world, and for a fortnight no soul looked into it, concluding its name was its true name. No such thing. It is a set of letters in verse, in all kind of verses, describing the life at Bath, and incidentally every thing else; but with so much wit, so much humour, fun and poetry, so much originality, never met together before. Then the man has a better ear than Dryden or Handel.