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Gifford, William

English satirical poet, classical scholar, and early editor of 17th-century English playwrights, best known as the first editor (1809-24) of the Tory Quarterly Review, founded to combat the liberalism of the Whig Edinburgh Review. Gifford owed his editorship to his connection with the statesman George Canning on The Anti-Jacobin (1797-98), a weekly of which he had been editor and in which Canning and other Tories had ridiculed revolutionary principles

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