1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:600n.



Gabriel Harvey, the infuriate and unrelenting opponent of Nash, was the beloved friend of Spenser; a well-read, able, and distinguished writer in his day. His Four Letters and certaine Sonnets, especially touching Robert Greene, &c. 1592, 4to. is one of his most curious and diverting productions: while his Three proper and wittie diverting Letters, lately passed between two Universitie men, 1580, 4to. may be considered his rarest. But Mr. D'Israeli, in the forecited work [Calamities of Authors], has given us the pith and marrow of almost every thing relating to Harvey; and Mr. Todd, in his Spenser, has allotted to him a tolerably ample portion of his pages.