William Collins

(25 December 1721 - 12 June 1759)
William Collins (1721-1759)

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William Collins (1721-1759)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. I. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758]. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.001)
  • Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. 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)
  • Mendez, Moses. A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry: that have appeared for several years. With variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq; and other contributors to Dodsley's collection. To which this is intended as a supplement. London: printed for Richardson and Urquhart, 1767. [8],320p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T124631; DMI 1073; OTA K099398.000)
  • Pearch, G. 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)


DMI 1431; ODNB 5957; NCBEL 42, 585; DLB 109


  • Smith, Margaret M. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Vol. III, 1700-1800 . London: Mansell, 1986-1997. Pt. 1 Addison-Fielding. 227-231. Print. 4 volumes.


  • Lonsdale, Roger, ed. The Poems of Gray, Collins and Goldsmith. London and Harlow: Longmans, 1969. Print.
  • Wendorf, Richard and Charles Ryskamp, eds. The Works of William Collins. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. Print.
  • 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. XIII. London: J. Johnson et al., 1810. 189-218. Google Books edition. Web. 13 Feb. 2016. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EWJIAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA189


  • Carver, P. L. The Life of a Poet. A Biographical Sketch of William Collins. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1967. Print.
  • Sigworth, Oliver F. William Collins. New York: Twayne, 1965. Print.

Reference works

  • Baines, Paul, Julian Ferraro, Pat Rogers, eds. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, 1660-1789. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 72-73. Print.
  • Fairer, David. English Poetry of the Eighteenth Century 1700-1789. Longman Literature in English Series. Harlow: Longman, 2003. 265-266. Print.
  • Mell, Jr., Donald C. 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. 153-160. Print.
  • Radcliffe, David H., ed. William Collins (1721-1759). Spenser and the Tradition: ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Tech, 2006. Web. 4 Nov. 2011. https://web.archive.org/web/20170908014740/http://spenserians.cath.vt.edu/AuthorRecord.php?recordid=33080.
  • Suarez, Michael F. Collins, William. A Collection of Poems by Several Hands [1782]. Ed. Robert Dodsley and Michael F. Suarez. Vol. I. London: Routledge/Thoemmes, 1997. 135-136. Print. 6 volumes.


  • Barry, Kevin. Language, Music and the Sign: A Study in Aesthetics, Poetics and Poetic Practice from Collins to Coleridge. Cambridge: CUP, 1987. 27-55. Print.
  • Hagstrum, Jean H. The Sister Arts: The Tradition of Literary Pictorialism and English Poetry from Dryden to Gray. Chicago and London: U of Chicago P., 1958. 268-286. Print.
  • Johnston, Arthur. The Poetry of William Collins. Proceedings of the British Academy 59 (1973): 321-340. Print.
  • McKillop, Alan D. Collins's 'Ode to Evening' - Background and Structure. Tennessee Studies in Literature 5 (1960): 73-83. Print.
  • Sherwin, Paul S. Precious Bane: Collins and the Miltonic Legacy. Austin: U of Texas P., 1977. Print.
  • Walsh, Marcus. Eighteenth-Century High Lyric: William Collins and Christopher Smart. Thain, Marion and Jonathan Culler, eds. The Lyric Poem: Formations and Transformations. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2013. 112-134. Print.
  • Wasserman, Earl R. Collins's 'Ode on the Poetical Character'. ELH 34 (1967): 92-115. Print.
  • Wendorf, Richard. William Collins and Eighteenth-Century English Poetry. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1981. Print.
  • Woodhouse, A. S. P. The Poetry of Collins Reconsidered. Hilles, F.W., and Harold Bloom, eds. From Sensibility to Romanticism: Essays Presented to Frederick A. Pottle. New York: OUP, 1965. 93-137. Print.