E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(b. Great Berkhampstead, Hertford, November 26th, 1731; d. Dereham, Norfolk, April 25th, 1800). Anti-Thelypthora (1781); Table Talk, Truth, Expostulation, and The Progress of Error (1782); John Gilpin, a ballad (1782); The Task (1784); Tirocinium (1784); a translation of Homer (1791); Gays Fables in Latin and The Castaway (1799). An edition of his Works was edited by Southey, and includes his Life, Poems, Correspondence, and Translations complete. See also Poems, edited by Dr. John Johnson (1808); The Works and Correspondence, with Life, by Grimshaw (1836); Poems and Translations, with Life, by the Rev. H. F. Cary (1839); Poems, with Life, by Sir Harris Nicholas; and the editions of the Poems by Bell, Willmott, Benham (the Globe edition), and C. C. Clarke (1872). For additional Biography, see Life and Posthumous Writings, by William Hayley (1803); Memoirs of the Early Life of William Cowper, written by Himself (1816); the Life, by Thomas Taylor (1835), and that by Wright (1892); also Cheevers Lectures on Cowper (1856).