Reginald Heber, from his unsigned review of Marino Faliero, Sardanapalus, The Two Foscari and Cain, Quarterly Review
Reginald Heber, clergyman and man of letters, was appointed Bishop of Calcutta late in 1822. He had already rebuked Byron for 'a strange predilection for the worser half of manicheism', in a review of Henry Hart Milman's Fall of Jerusalem. His condemnation of Don Juan ends the Quarterly's much criticized silence on this publication. Byron sent back 'uncut and unopened' the copy of this Quarterly which Murray sent him; but he then came on the first half of the review in Galignani's Messenger. Marino Faliero has, we believe, been pretty generally pronounced a failure by the public voice, and we see no reason to call for a revision of their sentence. On the whole the Doge of Venice is the effect of a powerful and cultivated mind. It has all the requisites of tragedy, sublimity, terror and pathos, all but that without which the rest are unavailing, interest.