1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane West

Anonymous, Review of West, Miscellaneous Poetry; New Lady's Magazine 1 (October 1786) 487.



Mrs. West professes herself a candidate for literary fame, and promises, if the specimen of her abilities here produced should meet with applause, to publish a larger work: if disapproved, she consoles herself with the reflection, that "morality and religion will receive no injury by her attempt." To the moral tendency of these poems we are willing to bear testimony; of their success, so far as they will entitle the author to any great degree of celebrity, we have no very sanguine expectations, but much less that they will do her any discredit.