1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, in "Four Months in Europe" New-York Literary Gazette and American Athenaeum 3 (21 October 1826) 73.



The name of Barry Cornwall is well known; but it is not so generally understood that the true name of that poet is Procter, and that, being the eldest son of a proud, ignorant baronet, he assumed that "nom de guerre" to avoid offending his prejudiced father, who, in accordance with the lofty mindedness of country gentlemen, had forbidden his son William to appear as an author. Mr. Procter, therefore, has shone as Barry Cornwall, because he expects to shine hereafter as Sir William.