James Woodhouse

James Woodhouse at 81

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Bio Dates
Birth Year: 
1735
Death Year: 
1820

James Woodhouse's Publications

Title Publication Date Publisher Edition Other Editions Editor Collaborator Patron Subscription Description Key Subscribers Pages Call Number Dialect Language Digitized or Digital Editions Additional Notes
Poems on Sundry Occasions 1764 W. Richardson & S. Clark HathiTrust
Poems on Several Occasions 1766 Robert & James Dodsley 2 Lord Lyttleton "To the whole is prefixed, a List of his Generous Benefactors on the former Publication, and the Subscribers to the present Edition" David Hume, Edmund Burke Google Books
Poems on Several Occasions 1788
Love Letters to my Wife 1789 James Woodhouse
Norbury Park, A Poem; With Several Others, Written on Various Occasions 1803 Watts & Bridgewater Google Books
The Life and Lucubrations of Crispinus Scriblerus...A novel in verse. Part I 1804

Written throughout the 1790s; 17 chapters and over 27,000 lines of heroic couplets. Only excerpts were published during his lifetime, and under the pseudonym Crispinus Scriblerus, "in which he seems to have withheld the most vitriolic material on Mrs. Montagu [his former patron], and the more inflammatory digressions on religious, moral, and political subjects" (Christmas 2005, p. 186)

The Life and Poetical Works of James Woodhouse 1896 The Leadenhall Press, Ltd. Rev. Reginald Illingworth Woodhouse Google Books (Vol. 1), Google Books (Vol. 2)

First edition of Woodhouse's work to print the entirety of The Life and Lucubrations of Crispinus Scriblerus

The Life and Lucubrations of Crispinus Scriblerus, A Selection 2005

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James Woodhouse patronized by, addressed writing to William Shenstone

Woodhouse’s earliest poems represented petitions to William Shenstone, who had prohibited ‘the rabble’ from visiting his ornamental gardens, The Leasowes, due to their propensity for picking flowers - rather than admiring the scenery with a detached comportment. Keegan (2002) suggests that Woodhouse’s affirmations to Shenstone respond to the conviction that the role of the lower orders in tilling the earth and concentrating on the produce it might yield precluded an ability to appreciate nature’s beauties. However, in constructing himself as an exception to the rule, Woodhouse paradoxically buttresses social distinctions even as he tries to transcend them. ‘An Elegy to William Shenstone, Esq.; of the Lessowes’ (1764) contains the following ingratiating lines: ‘Once thy propitious gates no fears betray'd, / But bid all welcome to the sacred shade; / ’Till Belial’s sons (of gratitude the bane) / With curs’d riot dar’d thy groves profane: / And now their fatal mischiefs I deplore, / Condemn’d to dwell in Paradise no more!’ Nonetheless, the overall vision is one that ‘ranks the peasant equal with the peer’ through an inherent affinity for recreation in nature. ~ Shenstone permitted Woodhouse entry not just to the grounds, but also to the library, which extended his knowledge beyond what he had gleaned from magazines. Five years following the introduction to his benefactor, Woodhouse’s collection of poems was published, in quarto, priced three shillings. (Superlist, Rowley)

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James Woodhouse dismissed by Samuel Johnson

Johnson wrote of Woodhouse that "he may make an excellent shoemaker, but he can never make a good poet" (Superlist, Tim Burke)

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