1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

Charles Dibdin, in Complete History of the Stage (1795) 3:106.



The prodigious quantity he wrote, for which he ransacked the ancients without mercy, whatever might have been his real merit had he taken time to correct and polish his works, rendered it impossible for him to turn any thing out of hand likely to secure him a solid reputation; and thus we have a list of twenty-four pieces, out of two hundred and twenty which he himself says he either wrote or was concerned in, little more known at this moment than by their titles.