Henry Brooke Bibliography

Universal Beauty 1728
Brooke was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1724 he went to London to read law and became friendly with Pope and Lord Lyttleton; he had already met Swift in Ireland. A philosophical poem, Universal Beauty maintains that “the beauty of the universe is the expression of the Divine order immanent in all creation”. Composed a year after the death of Newton, Brooke writes: “Yet infinite that Work, beyond our Soar, Beyond what Clarkes can prove, or Newtons can explore”. It has been suggested that the poem influenced Erasmus Darwin’s Botanic Garden
Gustavus Vasa, the Deliverer of His Country 1739
Celebrated drama the performance of which was banned under the new Licensing act because of the supposition that Sir Robert Walpole was portrayed in the part of the villian Trollio. The play was printed and later performed in Dublin as The Patriot. Following the ban Brooke return to Ireland.
Farmer’s Six Letters to the Protestants of Ireland 1745
Written in imitation of Swift’s Drapier’s Letters during the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 Brooke warned of the threat of a rebellion by the Catholic majority in Ireland and argued for a more enlightened policy to forstall the danger. As a result he was appointed to the post of barrack master at Mullingar, Country Westmeath, which he held until his death, in Dublin, on 10 Oct, 1783.
The Fool of Quality 1764
Published between 1764 and 1770). “Brooke’s novel, The Fool of Quality, is a rambling and digressive narrative which has as its central thread the education of an ideal nobleman. It oscillates between hectic incident and pathetic reflection and owes its reputation largely to its “passionate and tearful sensibility.” In date and feeling it may be linked with Laurence Sterne’s Sentimental Journey (and the more pathetic passages of Tristam Shandy) and Henry Mackenzie’s Man of Feeling. Its humanity and religious temper recommended it to John Wesley, who edited and abridged version in 1780, and to Charles Kingsley, who published it with an enthusiastic biographical preface in 1859.” (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Juliet Grenville 1774