1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1793) 2:114.



BEN JOHNSON, like most celebrated wits, was very unfortunate in conciliating the affections of his brother writers. He certainly possessed a great share of arrogance, and was desirous of ruling the realms of Parnassus with a despotic sceptre. That he was not always successful in his theatrical compositions, is evident from his abusing, in their title-page, the actors and the public. In this he has been imitated by Fielding.