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Lewis, David

First Name: 
David
Last Name: 
Lewis
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1682
Death: 
1760
Nationality: 
Welsh
Education: 
matriculated Jesus College, Oxford 1698
BA 1702
Profession or Occupation: 
became usher or undermaster at Westminster School in London from 1726 to 1732
poet
married Mary (1683/1684–1774), fourth daughter of Newdigate Owsley, a merchant of Leyton, Essex
Milieux: 
Playwriting
Coteries: 
Alexander Pope (his support is acknowledged in Lewis's play Philip of Macedon)
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
contributed verses beginning ‘While malice, Pope, denies thy page’ to Richard Savage's Collection of Pieces on Occasion of ‘The Dunciad’ (1732)
Summing Up: 

Lewis seemed to have gained considerable success as a poet/playwright, though he was also an usher for a time. His first collection of contemporary poetry was well-received and led him to publish a second. These collections included a wide range of poets writing on various topics; Lewis included his own verses too but did not identify them. He was widely respected for his poetry and highly praised by his friend, Alexander Pope.

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