1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cyril Tourneur

Edmund Gosse, in A Short History of Modern English Literature (1897) 119.



His two lurid tragedies surpass in horror of iniquity and profusion of ghastly innuendo all other compositions of their time. Cyril Tourneur is the prince of those whose design in "to make our flesh creep," and occasionally he still succeeds.