William Combe, 1742-1823

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Biographical note

Combe, William (1741–1823). — Miscellaneous writer. His early life was that of an adventurer, his later was passed chiefly within the “rules” of the King’s Bench prison. He is chiefly remembered as the author of The Three Tours of Dr. Syntax, a comic poem (?). His cleverest piece of work was a series of imaginary letters, supposed to have been written by the second, or “wicked” Lord Lyttelton. Of a similar kind were his letters between Swift and Stella. He also wrote the letterpress for various illustrated books, and was a general hack.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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