Robert Lowth Bibliography

Author of Life of William of Wykeham 1758
Lowth was Professor of poetry at Oxford (1741-50), Bishop of Oxford (1766-77), of London (1777) and dean of Chapel Royal (1777).
Short Introduction to English Grammar 1762
“Lowth was a philologist ‘more inclined to melancholy than to mirth’, who believed that Hebrew was spoken in paradise. His Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762) became a standard text-book, and his name has become synonymous with prescriptive grammar. Lowth’s reputation as a prescriptivist is not entirely deserved. Though he liberally illustrated his grammar rules with errors to be found in the English Bible and in standard authors, his approach to correctness was not invariably rigid and, like most grammarians, he described English as well as prescribing its rules. . . . Lowth was convinced that English is rule-governed, and he defended the regularity and simplicity of the language against a tradition which viewed it as too primitive to possess any grammar at all. His model was Latin grammar, but he readily modified this to accommodate the idiosyncrasies of English.” (The Oxford Companion to the English Language, p. 631.
Sermons and Other Remains 1834