1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Steele

Anonymous, in "The Augustan Age in England" The Album 1 (1822) 190-91.



As the chief author of the Tatler, and one of the principal contributors to the Spectator, his name has descended to posterity with deserved distinction. He is a pleasing and most gentlemanly writer; with a considerable share of quiet humour — though without great force in that, or indeed in any thing. His dramatic writings have fallen into deserved neglect; in them he is cold, formal, and constrained — even his humour appears introduced with effort, and nothing can be more tame than the serious scenes. Any page of the Funeral, or the Conscious Lovers, will fully exemplify and confirm this position.