Savage, Richard

Savage, Richard

▪ English writer
born c. 1697, , England
died Aug. 1, 1743, Bristol

      English poet and satirist and subject of one of the best short biographies in English, Samuel Johnson's An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage (1744).

      By his own account in the preface to the second edition of his Miscellaneous Poems (1728; 1st ed., 1726), Savage was the illegitimate son of Anne, Countess of Macclesfield, and Richard Savage, the 4th Earl of Rivers. His exact date of birth is uncertain. In any event, in November 1715 a young man taken into custody for having written treasonable (i.e., Jacobite) doggerel identified himself as “Mr. Savage, natural son to the late Earl Rivers” and continued so to describe himself for the rest of his life. This was the poet Savage whose life Johnson chronicled. In 1727 Savage was tried for the murder of one James Sinclair in a tavern brawl but was acquitted.

      In 1717 he published The Convocation, a poem about a religious dispute known as the Bangorian controversy, and in 1718 Love in a Veil (published 1719), a comedy adapted from the Spanish of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was produced at Drury Lane. There, in 1723, his Neoclassical tragedy Sir Thomas Overbury was also produced. His most considerable poem, The Wanderer, a discursive work revealing the influence of James Thomson's The Seasons, appeared in 1729, as did his prose satire on Grub Street, An Author to be Let. In 1737–38 he met Samuel Johnson, then newly arrived in London, and to Johnson's perceptive and compassionate biography he owes his continuing fame. Savage was a quarrelsome and an impecunious man. His friends, Alexander Pope prominent among them, eventually provided him money to convey him out of London. After a year in Wales, he died miserably in debtor's prison.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Savage, Richard — (1697 1743)    Savage s claim to be the illegitimate son of Anne, Countess of Macclesfield, and Richard Savage, the 4th Earl of Rivers, was thought to be no more an over imaginative mind. He claimed that his mother disowned him and had him… …   British and Irish poets

  • Savage, Richard — (1962 ) (UK)    Printmaker and painter. Depicts a wide range of sexual activities, with emphasis on D&S and female nudes …   Dictionary of erotic artists: painters, sculptors, printmakers, graphic designers and illustrators

  • SAVAGE, RICHARD —    English poet, with a worthless character, who gained the regard of Johnson; his chief poem, The Wanderer, of no poetic merit (1697 1743) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Savage, Richard — (1697? 1743)    Poet, was probably of humble birth, but claimed to be the illegitimate s. of the Countess of Macclesfield. He was the friend of Johnson in the early and miserable days of the latter in London; and in The Lives of the Poets J. has… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Savage (surname) — Savage is a family name that may refer to: Art and music * Anne Savage (1896–1971), Canadian painter and art teacher * Anne Savage (DJ), UK hard dance DJ * Augusta Savage (born 1892), African American sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance * Chantay… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Barham Middleton — (* 28. Oktober 1882; † 1. Dezember 1911 in Brüssel) war ein britischer Poet und Dichter, der mit seinen phantastischen Kurzgeschichten Bekanntheit erlangte, in Deutschland insbesondere mit der Gespenstergeschichte Auf der Landstraße. Nach seiner… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Richard Barham Middleton — (October 28 1882 December 1 1911) was a British poet, who is remembered mostly for his short stories, in particular The Ghost Ship .After education at Cranbrook School, Kent, he worked in London for the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation bank,… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Savage — (c. 1697 ndash; August 1, 1743) was an English poet. He is best known as the subject of Samuel Johnson s Life of Savage (1744), one of the most elaborate of Johnson s Lives of the English Poets .Savage s parentage, while the subject of some… …   Wikipedia

  • Richard Savage — (* 1697 in England[1]; † 1. August 1743 in Bristol, England) war ein englischer Dichter. Über Savage schrieb sein Freund Samuel Johnson in seinem Werk An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage (dt. ein Bericht über das Leben des Richard Savage) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Richard Fliehr — Richard Morgan Fliehr Ric Flair im Ring 2008 Daten Ringname(n) Ric Fl …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”