1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Parnell

Anonymous, in "The Augustan Age in England" The Album 1 (1822) 190.



PARNELL wrote but very little; and that little does not appear to us of a merit sufficient to entitle him to the fame he acquired. We must conclude that he was one of those persons, who, living much in literary society, and contributing, himself, largely to its pleasures, are so frequently and so laudingly mentioned by their more celebrated friends, that they are towed by them, as it were, into fame, with little or no exertion of their own.