1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Chatterton

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 1:297.



The present is an age of literary deception. It is indeed characteristical of an advanced period of letters and refinement, when the various modes of writing have, in every department, been anticipated, to have recourse to forgery in order to gain attention. Of this every one acquainted with the present state of literature in England, is sensible. Chatterton, though the best, is not the only imitator and pretended restorer of our ancient poets.