1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Mary Russell Mitford

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 382.



Miss Mitford (1786-1855) was the daughter of an English physician, improvident and dissipated. She wrote sketches of rural life under the title of Our Village (1824) for her support; for her father had become a burden on her hands. Her success as a prose writer was considerable; but she published a volume of Sonnets and Poems, and wrote the plays of Julian (1823), The Foscari (1826), and Rienzi, her best dramatic production (1828). In it she shows good literary taste, if not much force in the delineation of character.