1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Roscoe

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 244.



Roscoe (1753-1831) brought out, in 1795, the work on which his fame chiefly rests, The Life of Lorenzo de Medici. He was born near Liverpool, and received a common school education. He became a banker; but the house to which he belonged failed, and his private property was wrecked. Strictly honorable and scrupulous, he gave up even his books.