1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Anonymous, in "Catalogue of the most celebrated Writers" Letters concerning the present State of England (1772) 397.



SMOLLETT. Numerous works of various kinds, and in almost every branch of literature, prove this gentleman to be possessed of considerable abilities: in some of his pieces he gives the clearest testimony of genius; and in all, that of an entertaining agreeable writer. He ranks among those authors on general subjects, who ought to have met with greater encouragement than in the power of the mere publick to bestow. Had an easy fortune, independent of his pen, been in the possession of such a writer, he would have taken more time to polish and perfect his works. Roderick Random continues to be read with pleasure.