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Joseph Addison (1) [1672–1719]

This page covers the author of The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers.

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Addison, son of the Dean of Litchfield, took high honors at Oxford University and then joined the British army. He first came to literary fame by writing a poem, "The Campaign" (1704), to celebrate the Battle of Blenheim. When Richard Steele, whom he had known in his public school Charterhouse, started The Tatler in 1709, Addison became a regular contributor. But his contributions to a later venture The Spectator (generally considered the zenith of the periodical essay), were fundamental. While Steele can be credited with the editorial direction of the journal, Addison's essays, ranging from gently satiric to genuinely funny, secured the journal's success. In The Spectator, No. 10, Addison declared that the journal aimed "to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality." His brilliant character of Sir Roger de Coverley (followed from rake to reformation) distinguishes the most popular essays. Addison died in 1719. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers 363 copies, 6 reviews
The Spectator 165 copies, 2 reviews
Cato: A Tragedy 50 copies
The Works of Joseph Addison 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Guardian 27 copies
Miscellaneous works 16 copies, 1 review
The Freeholder 14 copies
The Tatler 9 copies
Poems on several occasions 3 copies, 1 review
Rosamond: an opera 2 copies, 1 review
Works 2 copies
Catone 1 copy
Essays 1 copy
The Art of the Personal Essay (Contributor) 1,268 copies, 8 reviews
English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (Contributor) 443 copies, 2 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 377 copies, 1 review
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (Contributor) 265 copies, 3 reviews
A Book of English Essays (Contributor) 229 copies, 3 reviews
Eighteenth-Century Plays (Contributor) 139 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (Contributor) 102 copies, 1 review
British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan (Contributor, some editions) 86 copies, 1 review
Ovid: Selected Poems (Translator, some editions) 65 copies, 1 review
Eighteenth Century Plays (Contributor) 60 copies, 1 review

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