1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

George Gregory, in Letters on Literature, Taste, and Composition (1808) 2:70-71.



Of the novels of Mr. Richardson I have little knowledge. They were too full of trite sentiment, and too tedious, to engage my attention in my youth, and I have not since attempted to read them. Persons of great judgment and taste, however, have agreed that the Clarissa of this author contains many fine passages, and some pathetic scenes worthy the pen of the most accomplished tragic writer.