1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

Robert Shelton Mackenzie, Note in Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 1:221n.



The Rev. George Croly, now rector of a Metropolitan parish, in London, author of Paris, in 1815; The Angel of the World; Life of Burke; the prose romances of Salathiel and Marston; the comedy of Pride Shall have a Fall, and a variety of political, theological, and controversial works, is a native of Ireland, born about 1788. His Cataline, a tragedy in five acts, appeared in 1822. It is founded on what Horace Walpole has called "the most brilliant episode in the History of Rome." It was offered to Elliston, Kemble, and Harris, then managers of Drury Lane and Covent Garden Theatres. In reviewing it (Blackwood's Magazine, June 1822) Wilson said, "We never read any first tragedy, by any dramatist whatever, abounding so much in happy dramatic situations." The character of Cataline is one which, perhaps, at this moment could be probably personated by one one great actor — Edwin Forrest.