1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Anstey

Mary Russell Mitford, in Recollections of a Literary Life; or Books, Places, and People (1852) 328.



The New Bath Guide, written in a light and tripping manner, well adapted to the subject and little previously known, had an immense vogue in its day; a vogue all the greater that some of the characters were supposed to be real, and the poignancy of personal satire was added to the general pleasantry. It is so far forgotten by the general reader, that the extracts upon which I may venture will probably be as good as new. I do not apologize for a few omissions rendered necessary by the better manners of our times.