1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 180.



Lady Blessington also contributed something to the Byron literature, manifold as it was. But these light and passing butterflies of literature, ephemera of a moment, can scarcely be reckoned as belonging at all to its history. Their names cling to those of the greater persons to whom some chance association attached them, but that is all that can be said. Lady Morgan is a name of somewhat greater importance, and her Wild Irish Girl has some right to the honours of a national story. But she too and most of her works have vanished from the permanent acquaintance of the country, as so many others have done who were notable enough in their time. Spencer, Luttrel, Sotheby, Lord Thurlow, and many another, where shall we find any record of them now?