1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 379.



JOHNSON. One of the writers who was raised from the unfortunate situation of supporting himself by his pen, by the patronage of his present majesty. His writings have in general been equally praised and condemned; and I shall venture to remark, that the difference of opinion concerning him is so great, that this age can do no fair justice to his merit or the want of it; a circumstance not weakened by his having lately been the author of some party pamphlets. Fifty or an hundred years hence his works will either be in every ones hands, or find their way thro' neglect into the dust of libraries.