Joseph Addison 1672/1719

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Joseph Addison 1672/1719

An Oxford graduate and classical scholar of some note Addison was also a Member of Parliament from 1708 until his death and briefly held the office of Secretary of State in the last years of his life. He varied his political activity with literary activities contributing periodical essays to Richard Steele’s Tatler, and later joining with Steele to produce the Spectator from 1711-1712. One day in 1709 there appeared in the London coffee houses a single sheet called The Tatler that had the motto “Whatever men do is the subject of this book.” Addison thought he recognized the author as a former classmate and sent him a contribution for its columns.

Addison’s life was the epitome of Neoclassical virtue. He tried in his writings to reform manners and tastes of his time. He was politically active and he was a model of reasonableness and rationality. His periodical essays were gently humorous and unobtrusively moral in tone.

• The Campaign (1713)
• Poems on Several Occasions (1770)
• Cato: A Tragedy (1713)
• The Drummer (1777)
• Rosamond (1778)
• Account of the Greatest English Poets (1693)
• Remarks on Several Parts of Italy (1705)
• The Tatler (1709-1711). Collaboration with Sir Richard Steele
• The Spectator (1711-1714). Collaboration with Sir Richard Steele
• The Freeholder (1716)
• Notes Upon the Twelve Books of Paradise Lost (1719 ). Originally from Spectator
• The Guardian (1714) Collaboration with Sir Richard Steele.


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