A band of poets, led by Robert Merry (1755–98), who produced affected, sentimental, and highly ornamented verse towards the end of the 18th cent. Merry lived in Florence from 1784 to 1787 as a member of the Della Crusca academy. With Mrs Piozzi (see Thrale) and others he produced in 1785 a Miscellany in which he signed his work ‘Della Crusca’. ‘Anna Matilda’ (H. Cowley) was another copious writer of the school who contributed with Merry and others to the British Album in 1790, a volume which proved very successful until the publication in 1791 of Gifford's The Baviad, a savage satire on the Della Cruscans.
Subjects: Literature — Modern History (1700 to 1945).