1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Cumberland

Anonymous, "Literary Opinions: Cumberland" The Cabinet NS 1 (May 1809) 411.



Cumberland's Memoirs are the production of a vain, peevish, sickly mind. It seems that the whole vigour of this author was exhausted in giving life to one or two of the children of his brain. These are the West-Indian, and some Essays in the Observer. But all the rest are a weak and puny offspring, which are dying before their parent, and which he in vain strives to keep alive, by the warmth of his own praise, and the fond caresses of his own vanity.