Miscellanies and the Moderns



Independently of Tyrwhitt’s collection, the Oxford don and poet Thomas Warton made his own enquiries into the Rowley papers as he wished to include them — authentic or not — in the medieval chapters of his grand History of English Poetry (1774–81). More so than in the case of Tyrwhitt, Warton’s authority for and methods used in judging the Rowleyana would incur heated discussion within the Rowley controversy over the next half-decade. But, at the same time, his defence of Chatterton’s genius in 1778 directly influenced John Broughton’s edition of the modern works, the Miscellanies in Prose and Verse; by Thomas Chatterton, the supposed author of the poems published under the names of Rowley Canning, &c, which was rushed through the press that July on the back of the success of Tyrwhitt’s Rowley.2 Brought on sought to substantiate Warton’s claim that Chatterton had been ‘a prodigy of genius: and would have proved the first of English poets, had he reached a maturer age’.3


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    Miscellanies, pp. ix-x. See Donald S. Taylor, ‘The Authenticity of Chatterton’s Miscellanies in Prose and Verse’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 55 (1961), pp. 289–96.Google Scholar
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