Biography has always been highly extolled. It has frequently been compared with other kinds of composition, and pronounced peculiarly entertaining and instructive. The utility of it has been even ranked above the advantages resulting from gincral history; for the aim of all history should be to describe and exhibit persons impartially as they are, that goodness may excite admiration, and vice abhorrence. Upon this principle, individual representations are obviously superior to general and aggregate.
Charlotte Brooke said that in 1816 in her book with the very long title of:
Reliques of Irish Poetry: consisting of heroic poems, odes, elegies, and songs, tr. into English verse: with notes explanatory and historical; and the originals in the Irish character. To which is subjoined an Irish tale [Mäon]