Richard Savage's main claim to fame was Samuel Johnson's biography which claimed that he was as illegitimate child descended from a noble line forced into poverty and misery by a mother whose sole aim and purpose in life was his destruction, Savage was a friend of Johnson's but this biography is disbelieved by most scholars and now has been discredited.
Richard Savage wrote two poems; The Bastard (1728) and The Wanderer (1729), and two comedies.
In 1727 he killed a man in a tavern brawl and was sentenced to death but was later pardoned. He died in poverty. more »
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- The Convocation: A Poem
- A poem, Sacred to the Glorious memory of...
- The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto I
- Nature in Perfection
- The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto IV
- The Authors: A Satire
- A Poem: To The Memory of Mrs. Oldfield
- Verses Occasioned By The Right Honourabl...
- The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto V
- The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto III
- The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto II
- The Progress Of A Divine: Satire
- Of Public Spirit In Regard To Public Wor...
- An Epistle Of The Right Honourable Sir R...
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