1857 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Edmund Reade

Anonymous, in Westminster Review (July 1857); Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 2:1754.



Seldom has a writer made appeal to the public for poetic honours with the pertinacity and constant ill-success of Mr. John Edmund Reade.... In the mechanism of his art — as the above extract shows — Mr. Reade is sufficiently capable. To take him from his books, he has a cultured mind, a gentle heart, a trained intellect, right feelings: with such a combination of gifts, one who has lived long enough to publish four editions should hear with equanimity to be told that his is not a poet.