Author:Joseph Spence

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Joseph Spence

British anecdotist and friend of Alexander Pope

Joseph Spence


  • An Essay on Pope's Odyssey: in which some particular Beauties and Blemishes of that work are considered (1726) (external scan)
  • Polymetis: or an Enquiry concerning the agreement between the Works of the Roman Poets and the Remains of the Antient Artists (1747)
  • Crito, or, A dialogue on beauty (1752) under the pseudonym of 'Sir Harry Beaumont'. (external scan)
  • Moralities (1753) under the pseudonym of 'Sir Harry Beaumont'.
  • A Parallel; in the Manner of Plutarch Between a Most Celebrated Man of Florence; and One, Scarce Ever Heard Of, in England (1757) (external scan)
  • Observations, anecdotes, and characters, of books and men (1820), with notes and a life by Samuel Weller Singer (external scan)


  • Poems by Mr. Thomas Blacklock. To which is prefix'd, An account of the life, character, and writings of the author, by the Reverend Mr. Spence. (1756) (external scan)
  • 'An account of the author in a letter to a friend, written in the Year 1730' in Poems on Several Occasions (1738) by Stephen Duck (external scan)

As editor[edit]

  • Remarks and Dissertations on Virgil, with some other Classical Observations, by the late Mr. Holdsworth. Published, with several Notes and additional Remarks, by Mr. Spence (1768) by Edward Holdsworth

Works about Spence[edit]

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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