George Crabbe (/kræb/; 24 December 1754 – 3 February 1832) was an English poet, surgeon, and clergyman. He is best known for his early use of the realistic narrative form and his descriptions of middle and working-class life and people.In the 1770s, Crabbe began his career as a doctor's apprentice, later becoming a surgeon. In 1780, he travelled to London to make a living as a poet. After encountering serious financial difficulty and unable to have his work published, he wrote to statesman and author Edmund Burke for assistance. He included samples of his poetry, and Burke was impressed enough by Crabbe's poems to promise to aid him in any way he could. The two became close friends and Burke helped Crabbe greatly both in his literary career and in building a role within the church.Burke introduced Crabbe to the literary and artistic society of London, including Sir Joshua Reynolds and Samuel Johnson, who read The Village before its publication and made some minor changes. Burke secured Crabbe the important position of Chaplain to the Duke of Rutland. Crabbe served as a clergyman in various capacities for the rest of his life, with Burke's continued assistance in securing these positions. Later, he developed friendships with many of the great literary men of his day, including Sir Walter Scott, whom he visited in Edinburgh, and William Wordsworth and some of his fellow Lake Poets, who frequently visited Crabbe as his guests.Lord Byron, an avowed admirer of Crabbe's poetry, described him as "nature's sternest painter, yet the best." Crabbe's poetry was predominantly in the form of heroic couplets, and has been described as unsentimental in its depiction of provincial life and society. Modern critic Frank Whitehead has said that "Crabbe, in his verse tales in particular, is an important–indeed, a major–poet whose work has been and still is seriously undervalued." Crabbe's works include The Village (1783), Poems (1807), The Borough (1810), and his poetry collections Tales (1812) and Tales of the Hall (1819).
The second edition.; With an additional titlepage, engraved, and a final advertisement leaf.; ESTC,. N33459; Microfilm.; Woodbridge, CT; Research Publications, Inc.,; 1989.; 1 reel ; 35mm.; (The Eighteenth Century ; reel 3522, no. 01).
By the Rev. George Crabbe, LL.B. In two volumes ... .; Colophon on verso of half-title and last leaf: "London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars".; New edition. Not mentioned in Bareham's bibliography.; In verse.
Edition: 5; 5th ed.; by the Rev. George Crabbe
By the Rev. George Crabbe ..; Printer statement on t.p. verso: "Printed by Brettell and Co. ..."; Half-title: Poems