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ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser.

The Works of the British Poets. With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Robert Anderson, M.D.

Edmund Spenser


Robert Anderson's edition of the British Poets, though badly printed, expanded the number of early writers available to general readers. The lives of the poets in this edition are modeled on Samuel Johnson's, though far more favorable to romantic poetry. Thomas Warton of Oxford and Thomas Gray of Cambridge were the early lights of literary history, though by this period Scotland was already assuming the dominant position it would occupy in the nineteenth century. Three of the four early collected editions of the British poets were edited by Scots: Bell, Anderson, and Chalmers.