1977 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

St. George Tucker

William S. Prince, in Poems of St. George Tucker (1977) 5-6.



At his death, Tucker left a personal library of about 500 volumes. Less than a quarter of them were law books. The rest were histories or narratives of exploration (about 100); philosophy — Hume, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Locke, Voltaire; several multi-volume sets of English and American periodicals; and literature — Latin, English, French, and American. Tucker owned copies of Richard Savage's The Wanderer, James Thomson's The Seasons, the poems of Peter Pindar (John Wolcot), Burns, Goldsmith, Akenside, Dryden, Butler, Milton, and Chaucer. And although their works were not in the inventory of his library, his poems prove that he was familiar with the poetry of Pope, Shenstone, Young, Collins, Gray, Prior, and Shakespeare.