1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmond Malone

D. H., "Memoirs of Spenser wanted" Gentleman's Magazine 70 (Supplement, 1800) 1269.



Dec. 12.
Mr. URBAN,
Have I read, or do I dream of having read somewhere in print, that Mr. J. C. Walker was engaged in a life of Spenser? Or is it all confined to his History of the Irish Bards?
Now we are on this subject, let me whisper in Mr. Malone's ear without flattery, for I hardly have personal knowledge of him, that, from the specimen he has given of a Life of Dryden, there is no one better qualified to undertake Memoirs of Spenser, which is capable of every embellishment in the power of anecdote, without the incumbrance of party politicks, and the load of pamphlet war, which the rivalry of dull poetasters, and the avarice of needy booksellers, could cast upon it. A life of Spenser would be a history of Faery....
D. H.