William Cowper of the Inner Temple, Esq: A Study of His Life and Works to the Year 1768

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FAILURE

Cowper came to me and said: 'O that I were insane always. I will never rest. Can you not make me truly insane? I will never rest till I am so. O that in the bosom of God I was hid. You retain health and yet are as mad as any of us all--over us all-- mad as a refuge from unbelief--from Bacon, Newton and Locke.'

BLAKE1

Such is mans life, and such is mine
The worst of men, and yet still thine.
VAUGHAN, 'Misery': couplet marked by Cowper
in his copy of Silex Scintillans, 16502

THE year 1763, Mr Quennell says, was a year of 'planning and renewed activity' for England after her seven- years' war with France. 'It was one of those moments, not uncommon in the history of a period, when several gifted human beings happen at the same time to reach a decisive stage, from which their subsequent courses wind away in various directions.' At the very end of the previous year, Edward Gibbon, aged twenty-five, had left the militia to begin in earnest his life as historian. On 16 May, James Boswell, only twenty-three, met Johnson. Tristram Shandy, the work of a middle-aged Yorkshire parson, Laurence Sterne, was one of the sensations of London, which was at the same time being politically disrupted by the activities of the patriot John Wilkes.3 But for William Cowper the year 1763 brought depression and failure, a terribly decisive end to his early years. It brought madness;

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1
Blake's notes on Spurzheim's Observations on the Deranged Manifestations of the Mind, or Insanity ( London, 1817): The Writings of William Blake, ed. Geoffrey Keynes ( London, 1925), III, 352.
2
See Alexander B. Grosart, "'Cowper the Poet's Copy of Henry Vaughan's Silex Scintillans'", Wales, I ( 1894.), 200. The book is now in the National Libr. of Wales, Aberystwyth.
3
Peter Quennell, Four Portraits ( London, 1945), p. 12.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Plates viii
  • Short Titles and Abbreviations ix
  • Preface xiii
  • I - Berkhamsted 1
  • II - Westminster 14
  • III - The Boys 36
  • IV - Reading 55
  • V - The Temple 64
  • VI - The Geniuses 78
  • VII - Writing 102
  • VIII - Theadora 119
  • IX - The Defect 135
  • X - Failure 145
  • XI - The Saints 158
  • A - Uncollected Letters And Essays: 1750-67 177
  • B - Uncollected Poems: Early And Late 226
  • C - Uncollected Contributions To Magazines: 1789-93 246
  • Notes on Cowper's Relatives And Friends 261
  • Index 267
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