1820 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Wordsworth

John Gibson Lockhart to John Murray, 1820 ca.; Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 2:245.



In regard to Wordsworth I certainly cannot doubt that it must be creditable to any publisher to publish the works of one who is and must continue to be a classic Poet of England. Your adventure with Crabbe, however, ought to be a lesson of much caution. On the other hand, again, W.'s poems must become more popular, else why so many editions in the course of the last few years. There have been two of the Excursion alone, and I know that these have not satisfied the public. Everything, I should humbly say, depends on the terms proposed by the great Laker, whose vanity, be it whispered, is nearly as remarkable as his genius.