Sir Richard Steele

Standard Name: Steele, Sir Richard


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death Henry Fielding
His cousin Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote that HF and Sir Richard Steele were both so form'd for Happiness, it is a pity they were not Immortal.
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Editor Halsband, Robert, Clarendon Press, 1965–1967.
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death Joseph Addison
His deathbed is famous for his dispensing of moral advice to his stepson; but he died unreconciled to his lifelong friend Steele , with whom he had been publicly and bitterly at odds over political matters.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.,
Dedications Eliza Haywood
EH published two novels, The Fatal Secret; or, Constancy in Distress, dedicated to William Yonge (who had just made a huge profit from divorcing his wife ), and The Surprize; or, Constancy Rewarded...
Dedications Martha Fowke
It was dedicated to Steele and had a prefatory essay by John Porter . It was several times re-issued (latterly by the disreputable publisher Edmund Curll ), and the title changed from edition to edition...
Education Matilda Betham-Edwards
Because of her mother's early death, MBE , she said later, was largely self-educated, her teachers being plenty of the best books.
Black, Helen C. Notable Women Authors of the Day. D. Bryce, 1893.
Apart from the family library, a half-guinea annual subscription to the Ipswich Mechanics' Institution
Family and Intimate relationships Delarivier Manley
She was rumoured, too, to have had an affair with the writer Richard Steele .
Manley, Delarivier. “Editorial Materials”. A Woman of No Character: An Autobiography of Mrs Manley, edited by Fidelis Morgan, Faber, 1986, p. various pages.
Family and Intimate relationships Anne Wharton
Her grandmother engineered this marriage with some secrecy. Thomas Wharton broke off another half-arranged match, and AW seems to have had a reciprocated love for a Mr Arundel, who defeated Wharton in a duel but...
Friends, Associates Delarivier Manley
She was, however, a good friend of Richard Steele during the time of her relationship with Tilly. She helped Steele find a midwife when he had fathered an illegitimate baby. The friendship ended when he...
Friends, Associates Jane Brereton
In her youth JB knew Thomas Beach, who grew up at Wrexham, in the same district as herself (and later joined in the same verse exchanges in the Gentleman's Magazine), and probably...
Friends, Associates Joseph Addison
JA 's time at Charterhouse began, and his time at Oxford confirmed, his friendship with Richard Steele , with whom his name was to become inextricably linked as a result of their shared periodical ventures...
Intertextuality and Influence Eliza Haywood
This was the first periodical for women to take advantage of the monthly format, which was still fairly new. Unlike other magazines, it used fiction as its staple, while also including advice on behaviour, relationships...
Intertextuality and Influence A. Woodfin
She learns to condemn her parents' treatment of her when she boards in a family who deliberately favour the ugly, deformed one of their young twins, to redress the balance. She feels a great relief...
Intertextuality and Influence Caroline Bowles
The melodramatic sketch Pride and Passion relates how the engagement of Hargrave and Helena is broken after Hargrave reveals the story of his past romance with Abra, a poor Mulatto girl.
Bowles, Caroline. The Widow’s Tale and Other Poems. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1822.
This reads like...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Boyd
EB 's preface alludes to Steele'sTatler, and calls the slow, sure Snail . . . the well-meant, altho' weak Attempt of a mere Woman.
Boyd, Elizabeth. The Snail. 1745.
After an introductory poem, her basic unit for...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Martha Sherwood
MMS began making up stories in her sixth year, but wrote later, what they were I have not the least idea. I was too young to write them down; but when I had thought of...


28 December 1694
Queen Mary died of smallpox during a severe epidemic, leaving her husband, William , to reign alone.
April 1701
Richard Steele 's The Christian Hero, a didactic prose work, was published.
9 October 1701
Richard Steele signed an agreement with John Rich for the production of his comedy The Funeral.
23 April 1705
The Tender Husband; or, The Accomplish'd Fool by Richard Steele opened on stage.
12 April 1709
Richard Steele began issuing his ground-breaking periodicalThe Tatler, using the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff and declaring his intention of reporting topics of talk from all the London coffeehouses.
8 July 1709-31 March 1710
The thrice-weekly Female Tatler appeared, an explicitly woman-centred riposte to the condescending or gender-prejudiced element in Richard Steele 's still-new Tatler.
11 October 1709
Richard Steele 's use of Mrs Jenny Distaff (supposedly half-sister of the supposed author, Isaac Bickerstaff) in The Tatler gave rise to a short-lived periodical, The Whisperer, written as by this fictional woman.
29 December 1709
Richard Steele 's reference in The Tatler to the new fashion of hoop petticoats marked the establishment of the mode in England or at least in London.
2 January 1711
Richard Steele ceased publishing his ground-breaking periodical, The Tatler.
1 March 1711
Joseph Addison began to publish the Spectator.
12 March-1 October 1713
Richard Steele published a periodical entitled the Guardian.
December 1713
Richard Steele published Poetical Miscellanies; it included poems by Pope , Anne Finch , and himself (including praise of the unnamed and only recently identified young Elizabeth Tollet ).
Before 21 October 1714
George Berkeley compiled and published The Ladies Library, as by a Lady.
The theatre censorship system which had been in place since the 1690s died out when Drury Lane under Richard Steele ceased sending playscripts to Killigrew .
Richard Steele wrote and edited another short-lived periodical, The Spinster: in defence of the woollen manufactures, as by Rachel Woolpack.


Steele, Sir Richard. “Introduction”. The Plays of Richard Steele, edited by Shirley Strum Kenny, Clarendon, 1971.
Steele, Sir Richard, and Joseph Addison. Selections from the Tatler and Spectator. Editor Ross, Angus, Penguin, 1982.
Steele, Sir Richard. The Correspondence of Richard Steele. Editor Blanchard, Rae, Oxford University Press, 1941.
Steele, Sir Richard, and Joseph Addison, editors. The Guardian. J. Tonson.
Steele, Sir Richard, Joseph Addison, and John Calhoun Stephens, editors. The Guardian. University Press of Kentucky, 1982.
Steele, Sir Richard. The Plays of Richard Steele. Editor Kenny, Shirley Strum, Clarendon, 1971.
Addison, Joseph, Sir Richard Steele, and Donald F. Bond, editors. The Spectator (1711-1714). Clarendon Press, 1965.
Steele, Sir Richard, editor. The Tatler. Printed for the author.
Steele, Sir Richard, and Donald F. Bond, editors. The Tatler. Vol. 3 vols., Clarendon Press, 1987.
Steele, Sir Richard. The Tender Husband. Editor Winton, Calhoun, Edward Arnold, 1967.