Richard Brinsley Sheridan Other Literary Forms

Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s other literary efforts, all minor, include the early poems “Clio’s Protest” and “The Ridotto of Bath,” published in The Bath Chronicle (1771); a youthful translation, Love Epistles of Aristaenetus (1771), in collaboration with Nathaniel Brassey Halhed; and later occasional verses in connection with the theater—such as prologues and epilogues to other writers’ plays—the most important being “Verses to the Memory of Garrick, Spoken as a Monody” (1779). Of far greater significance, especially to biographers and historians, are Sheridan’s speeches in Parliament, collected in five volumes (1816), and his letters, collected in three volumes, entitled The Letters of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1966). Unfortunately, his speeches are preserved only in summary or imperfect transcript.