Joseph Warton(22 April 1722 - 23 February 1800)
Works in ECPA
alphabetical listing / listing in source editions
- The Dying INDIAN. ()
- The ENTHUSIAST: OR THE LOVER of NATURE. A POEM. ()
- FASHION: A SATIRE. ()
- ODE AGAINST DESPAIR. ()
- ODE occasion'd by Reading Mr. WEST'S Translation of PINDAR. ()
- ODE TO A GENTLEMAN UPON HIS TRAVELS THROUGH ITALY. ()
- ODE TO A LADY WHO HATES THE COUNTRY. ()
- ODE to FANCY. ()
- ODE TO HEALTH. WRITTEN ON A RECOVERY FROM THE SMALL-POX. ()
- ODE TO LIBERTY. ()
- ODE TO SOLITUDE. ()
- ODE TO SUPERSTITION. ()
- ODE TO THE NIGHTINGALE. ()
- The Revenge of AMERICA. ()
- STANZAS written on taking the Air after a long Illness. ()
- VERSES Written at MOUNTAUBAN in FRANCE, 1750. ()
- A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. III. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.003)
- A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. IV. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.004)
- A collection of poems in four volumes. By several hands. Vol. II. [The second edition]. London: printed for G. Pearch, 1770. 4v. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T116245; DMI 1135; OTA K093079.002)
Joseph and his younger brother Thomas were the sons of Thomas Warton the elder (1688-1745) and his wife Elizabeth, née Richardson
(1691-1762). Joseph was educated at Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford,
graduating BA in 1744. He began writing and publishing poetry while still at school.
At Oxford, he published, anonymously,
Fashion: a Satire (1742) and
The Enthusiast: or the Lover of Nature (1744). In 1746, he published his Odes on Various Subjects, which included the
Ode to Fancy,
Ode to Liberty, and
Ode to Solitude among others, "an attempt to bring back Poetry into its right channel", i.e. away
from didactic and moralizing verse towards invention and imagination. In 1747 Warton
married Mary Daman (d. 1772), with whom he eventually had six children. He edited
the Works of Virgil in four volumes in 1753. In 1755, he took up a teaching post at Winchester College
and in 1766 became its Headmaster. Warton had a wide circle of literary friends and
made regular visits to London. He joined The Club in 1777, and continued working as
a literary critic and editor. After his retirement in 1793, he published a nine-volume
edition of Pope (1797). He died in 1800 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.
Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 4 Sterne-Young. 415-454. Print. 4 volumes.
The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper; including the Series Edited, with Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, by Dr Samuel Johnson: and the most approved translations. The Additional Lives by Alexander Chalmers, F.S.A. Vol. XVIII. London: J. Johnson et al., 1810. 143-172. Google Books edition. Web. 13 Feb. 2016. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=b0LVAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA143
Vance, John A. Joseph and Thomas Warton. An Annotated Bibliography. New York and London: Garland, 1983. Print.
Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 356-357. Print.
Fairer, David. English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century 1700-1789. Longman Literature in English Series. Harlow: Longman, 2003. 289-290. Print.
English Poetry, 1660-1800: a guide to information sources. American Literature, English Literature, and World Literatures in English Information Guide Series, vol. 40. Detroit: Gale, 1982. 408-416. Print.
Radcliffe, David H., ed.
Rev. Joseph Warton (1722-1800). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=33088.
Warton, Joseph. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands . Ed. Robert Dodsley and Michael F. Suarez. Vol. I. London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997. 220. Print. 6 volumes.
Pittock, Joan. The Ascendancy of Taste: The Achievement of Joseph and Thomas Warton. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1973. Print.
Vance, John A. Joseph and Thomas Warton. Boston: Twayne, 1983. Print.
Studies of individual works
Morris, David B.
Joseph Warton's Figure of Virtue: Poetic Indirection in The Enthusiast. Philological Quarterly 50 (1971): 678-83. Print.