is remembered partly for his edition and exposure of Chatterton's Rowley poems which he published in 1777 and in an appendix in 1778 stated authoritatively that they were modern, not ancient, a view he elaborated in his Vindication (1782). His Observations and Conjectures upon Some Passages of Shakespeare (1765, dated 1766) criticized Dr Johnson's edition for its lack of attention to the early texts. His edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (4 vols, 1775, vol. 5 with Glossary, 1778), expounded Chaucer's versification and helped to establish the canon. 1778), expounded Chaucer's versification and helped to establish the canon.
Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval).