From the position of an obscure reviewer Prescott suddenly found himself elevated to the first rank of contemporary historians.
Put simply, The Prisoner's Dilemma is the most enjoyable piece of prisoner fiction this reviewer has ever read.
Pp. 26 and 159), was followed by a second edition in 1841, in which nearly all the corrections of the reviewer were adopted, and in 1844 began the publication of The Genera of Birds, beautifully illustrated - first by Mitchell and afterwards by Mr Wolf - which will always keep Gray's name in remembrance.
His Saturday Review articles corrected many errors and raised the level of historical knowledge among the educated classes, but as a reviewer he was apt to forget that a book may have blemishes and yet be praiseworthy.