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.
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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 et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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...
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...
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.
Apart from the family library, a half-guinea annual subscription to the Ipswich Mechanics' Institution
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...
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, p. various pages.
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...
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 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...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Hodgson Burnett
FHB began writing this novel in Washington, but completed it in her grand house in Portland Place, London, which is also the setting for the heart of the story. This story she conceived...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Murray
This volume opens with The Plan of a School, and then, continuing a story-line from volume one, with Mrs Wheatley's demanding of Miss Le Maine how she can use rouge and plume herself on...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Savage
The opening poem, Nothing New, situates the anxieties of authors in regard to critics in the tradition of anxieties of lovers: both are right to be anxious. The contents include an English translation of...
Intertextuality and Influence Susan Smythies
The novel offers in passing an amusing catalogue of an old-fashioned library, whose first items are heroic romances like Ibraham; Cassandra; Cleopatra [by Madeleine de Scudéry and Gauthier de La Calprenède ]. Several...
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...


28 December 1694: Queen Mary died of smallpox during a severe...

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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...

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April 1701

Richard Steele 's The Christian Hero, a didactic prose work, was published.

9 October 1701: Richard Steele signed an agreement with John...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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2 January 1711

Richard Steele ceased publishing his ground-breaking periodical, The Tatler.

1 March 1711: Joseph Addison began to publish the Spec...

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1 March 1711

Joseph Addison began to publish the Spectator.

12 March-1 October 1713: Richard Steele published a periodical entitled...

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12 March-1 October 1713

Richard Steele published a periodical entitled the Guardian.

December 1713: Richard Steele published Poetical Miscellanies;...

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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...

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Before 21 October 1714

George Berkeley compiled and published The Ladies Library, as by a Lady.

1715: The theatre censorship system which had been...

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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 .

1719: Richard Steele wrote and edited another short-lived...

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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 et al., editors. The Guardian. University Press of Kentucky, 1982.
Steele, Sir Richard. The Plays of Richard Steele. Editor Kenny, Shirley Strum, Clarendon, 1971.
Addison, Joseph et al., 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.