1855 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Walter Savage Landor, in Silent Companions (1855); Forster, Landor, a Biography (1869) 638.



I would rather have written what is here [in the Quarterly Review] quoted from Steele than all the criticism and philosophy of all the Edinburgh Reviewers. Somehow I cannot but connect Steele and Goldsmith, as I do Cowper and Southey. Of all our literary men, they interest me the most.... Dear good faulty Steele! The Quarterly was not sent to me before nine last night. I would not, I could not, go to bed until I had read it through. My eyes are the weaker for it this morning.