1850 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin

John Britton, in Autobiography (1850) 1:85n.



The Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin, son of Thomas, the sailor, was an eminent bibliomaniac and author, but a disreputable man, whose memoirs and conduct should occasionally be held up to the young and heedless scions of our universities, as beacons to warn them of the rocks and shoals in the ocean of human life. A complete biography of this once courted and very popular preacher, (the author of Bibliomania, and many other literary works,) would be a romantic and valuable warning to young enthusiasts. His own Reminiscences, (2 vols. 8vo. 1836) is a most entertaining work, detailing the leading events of his literary career, up to that time, but pointing out only the bright lights of the picture; whereas the shadows, which marked its close, and were entirely omitted in the published narrative, were of the darkest and most heartless kind.