Thomas Warton

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Thomas Warton (1728–1790) was an English literary historian, critic, and poet. He was educated at Winchester and at Trinity College, Oxford, (1743-4; BA 1747; fellow, MA 1750; BD 1767). He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1756 to 1766, Camden Professor of Ancient History, 1785–1790, and Poet Laureate from 1785 to his death; he was ordained in 1754 and held the office of rector of Kiddington from 1771.[1]

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Shelfmark W/N-2-49/50
Thomas Warton. Observations on the Fairy Queen of Spenser. By Thomas Warton. The second edition, corrected and enlarged. 1762.
Inscription on second front free endpaper: From the author [in a different hand:] to Sam: Johnson.
Inserted in the volume: a modern transcription of a letter from Johnson to Warton, dated 16 July 1754, thanking him for the 1754 first edition of the work.
References
  1. CCED PersonID 38371