William Roscoe

(1753—1831) historian and patron of the arts

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published a considerable number of works of poetry, biography, jurisprudence, botany, and arguments against the slave‐trade. His principal work was his Life of Lorenzo de' Medici (1795). He published the Life of Leo the Tenth (1805), and his The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1806) became a children's classic. His edition of Pope appeared in 1824. He did much to stimulate an interest in Italy and Italian literature in England.

Subjects: Literature — History.

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