1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Dyer

Robert Southey to Edith Southey, 9 May 1799; Life and Correspondence (1849-50) 2:16.



G. Dyer is foraging for my Almanac, and promises pieces from Mrs. Opie, Mr. Mott of Cambridge, and Miss Christall. I then went to Arch's, a pleasant place for half an hour's book news: you know he purchased the edition of the Lyrical Ballads; he told me he believed he should lose by them, as they sold very heavily.... My books sell very well. Other book news I have none, except, indeed, that John Thelwall is writing an epic poem, and Samuel Rogers is also writing an epic poem; George Dyer, also hath similar thoughts....