1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Anonymous, "The Literary Spy" Lady's Monthly Museum NS 4 (June 1808) 306.



This admired and justly celebrated writer may be justly classed among the most superior novelists of the day; in fact, his are not novels, but narratives, in which real or fictitious events are blended with the tenderest sensibilities of the heart. Under the signature of Courtney Melmoth, he wrote the Tutor of Truth, — Pupil of Pleasure, — and Shenstone Green, — works which he need not have blushed to affix his real name to. His Liberal Opinions, evince an author of reflection and elevated sentiment; Emma, — Family Secrets, — and three volumes of Gleanings, complete, we believe, the catalogue of his works, excepting poems and dramatic pieces, which, we hope, will be yet considerably extended. No author speaks more forcibly to the heart, or manages his subject with more elegance, judgment, and delicacy.