Joseph Addison

Standard Name: Addison, Joseph


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Education Ann Fisher
It is not known where or how AF acquired an education, but she certainly did so, to a far higher level than was normal for people of her class, regardless of their gender. She had...
Education Anne Grant
Of her childhood, AG wrote that she developed early powers of imagination and memory, but received little attention: no one fondled or caressed me . . . I did not till the sixth year of...
Education Sarah Josepha Hale
Sarah Josepha Buell (later SJH ) was taught at home by her mother, with her father and her brother Horatio (then a law student) joining in for such higher branches of learning as writing, Latin...
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 Judith Cowper Madan
A son, John, born early in 1728 lived only a month. Then came Spencer, born just over a year later, who rose in the Church to become a bishop, and lived until 1813; Penelope, born...
Friends, Associates Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Lady Mary claimed that at every stage of her life she picked a few intimate friends and cared little for the opinions of anyone else. She always retained the highest opinion of her father's and...
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...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah, Lady Cowper
The diary's first volume opens with a preface which expresses conventional modesty bluntly, without the customary effort at elegance or grace: Books generally begin with a Preface which draws in the Reader to go on...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth B. Lester
This title-page quotes from Horace , Lyttelton , and Addison . The first tale, Genius (told partly in letters), fills volume one, and the second, Enthusiasm, volumes two and three. Both attributes are presented...
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 Mercy Otis Warren
Though the play is set in Servia (a place chosen not for its history or geography but its sound), the names are Roman, matching the title-page quotation from Addison 's Cato. All the characters...
Intertextuality and Influence Martha Fowke
These poems reflect social life and perhaps the company of lawyers in the London of about 1720.
Guskin, Phyllis J. “’Not Originally Intended for the Press’: Martha Fowke Sansom’s Poems in the Barbados Gazette”. Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 61-91.
Their author glories in her liberty—in several senses, but including freedom from the meaningless literary rules which...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Miller
Along with works of art she describes, but more briefly, the way of life of places she passes through. She has, however, little sympathy with working people's needs. She remarks that actresses and dancers have...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Wiseman
Her poems, full of character and ingenuity, spring from social interchange. The title piece is a longish, narrative, occasional poem, Sent with a Pair of China Basons
Wiseman, Jane. “A Fairy Tale, Inscrib’d, to the Honourable Mrs. W— With Other Poems (1917)”. Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets, 1700-1740, edited by William Christmas, Pickering and Chatto, pp. 34-46.
to JW 's dedicatee (who may probably...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Letitia Barbauld
ALB 's niece wrote of her (with an echo of Pope on himself) that while yet a child, she was surprised to find herself a poet.
McCarthy, William et al. “Introduction”. The Poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld, University of Georgia Press, p. xxi - xlvi.
She herself, however, said it was Joseph Priestley


14 December 1704: Joseph Addison published The Campaign, a...

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14 December 1704

Joseph Addison published The Campaign, a patriotic poem celebrating Marlborough 's victory of Blenheim.

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.

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.

19 May 1711: Joseph Addison, in a famous Spectator essay...

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19 May 1711

Joseph Addison , in a famous Spectatoressay in praise of trade and the Royal Exchange , described Englishwomen as clad in exotic clothes, like spoils or tribute from all over the world.

21 June 1712: Joseph Addison wrote in the Spectator that...

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21 June 1712

Joseph Addison wrote in the Spectator that a man of refined taste would take more pleasure from looking at a landscape than from owning the land.

27 September 1712: Addison, in his role as Mr Spectator, obliged...

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27 September 1712

Addison , in his role as Mr Spectator, obliged to look into all kinds of men, reported on the status of the Jews in England.

6 December 1712: Joseph Addison and his associates ceased...

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6 December 1712

Joseph Addison and his associates ceased publishing The Spectator.

14 April 1713: Joseph Addison's influential classical tragedy,...

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14 April 1713

Joseph Addison 's influential classical tragedy, Cato, opened.

18 June 1714: Addison, helped by Eustace Budgell and Thomas...

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18 June 1714

Addison , helped by Eustace Budgell and Thomas Tickell , began publishing a continuation of the Spectator.

December 1715: Joseph Addison began publishing a political...

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December 1715

Joseph Addison began publishing a political periodical, The Freeholder.

1767: At auctions of copyright, Richardson's Clarissa...

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At auctions of copyright, Richardson 's Clarissa was valued at £600, but Addison and Steele 's Spectator at £1,300, Shakespeare at £1,800, and Pope at £4,400.


Steele, Sir Richard, and Joseph Addison. Selections from the Tatler and Spectator. Editor Ross, Angus, Penguin, 1982.
Steele, Sir Richard, and Joseph Addison, editors. The Guardian. J. Tonson.
Steele, Sir Richard et al., editors. The Guardian. University Press of Kentucky, 1982.
Addison, Joseph et al., editors. The Spectator (1711-1714). Clarendon Press, 1965.