1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

Joseph Ritson to Joseph Cooper Walker, 14 December 1790; Letters of Joseph Ritson (1833) 1:181.



I have just dipped far enough into Mr. Malone's edition of Shakspeare to find he has not been sparing of his epithets whenever he has occasion to introduce me to the notice of his readers. In fact, I believe I originally gave him some little provocation. But I thought your countrymen had been remarkable rather for the suddenness of their anger than the duration of their malignity. Have the morals of this worthy editor been corrupted by his long residing amongst us?