chapter  24
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John Scott writes an early literary appraisal of The Deserted Village, in Critical Essays on Some of the Poems of Several English Poets, 1785

THE Temple of Fame, lately erected under the title of The Works of the English Poets,2 affords a striking instance of caprice in the matter of admission to literary honours. Had Criticism, rational impartial criticism, kept the gate of this temple, several names which now appear within its walls, would certainly never have appeared there. But to drop the allegory, and change an imaginary edifice for a real book, it is difficult to guess the reason why that book admitted some authors, while others of similar character were rejected.