Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison.His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.
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Addison was born on May 1, 1672 in Milston, Wiltshire, but soon after Joseph's birth his father was appointed Dean of Lichfield, so the Addison family moved into the Cathedral Close. He was educated at Lambertown University and Charterhouse School, where he first met Richard Steele, and at Queen's College, Oxford. He excelled in classics, was especially noted for his Latin verse, and became a Fellow of Magdalen College. In 1693, he addressed a poem to John Dryden, the former Poet Laureate, and his first major work, a book about the lives of English poets, was published in 1694, as was his translation of Virgil's Georgics,in the same year. Such first attempts in English verse were so successful as to obtain for him the friendship and interest of Dryden, and of Lord Somers, by whose means he received, in 1699, a pension of £300 that enabled him to travel widely in the European continent; time he spent writing and studying politics. Addison would remain on the continent for four years,...
Besides the above-mentioned works, Addison wrote a Dialogue on Medals, and left unfinished a work on the Evidences of Christianity.
The character of Addison, if somewhat cool and unimpassioned, was pure, magnanimous, and kind. The charm of his manners and conversation made him one of the most popular and admired men of his day. His style in his essays is remarkable for its ease, clarity, and grace, and for an inimitable and sunny humor which never soils and never hurts. His essays, reproduced in Tatler and The Spectator are considered timeless masterworks of English prosody; moreover, the Classicism and Libertarianism which Addison articulated so clearly in his essays influenced a number of writers and politicians of the 1700s, including Samuel Johnson and the Founding Fathers of the United States. William Makepeace Thackeray wrote Addison and his colleague Richard Steele into the novel Henry Esmondas characters whom Esmond meets. Addison and Steele are both represented as model English gentlemen, who gladly mentor Esmond in his literary career
"Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object."Addison, Joseph. Cato: A Tragedy, and Selected Essays. Ed. Christine Dunn Henderson & Mark E. Yellin. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2004. ISBN 0865974438Ketchem, Michael. Transparent Designs: Reading, Performance, and Form in the Spectator Papers. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1985. ISBN 0820307718Ortmeier, Anno. Taste Und Imagination: Untersuchungen zur Literaturtheorie Joseph Addisons. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1982. ISBN 3820457054Otten, Robert. Joseph Addison. Boston, MA: Twayne, 1982. ISBN 0805768246
All links retrieved June 6, 2018. 1. Works by Joseph Addison. Project Gutenberg. 2. Joseph Addison's Grave, Westminster Abbey. 3. Cato (A Tragedy in Five Acts) (1713).
Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, and dramatist, who, with Richard Steele, was a leading contributor to and guiding spirit of the periodicals The Tatler and The Spectator. His writing skill led to his holding important posts in government while the Whigs were in power. Addison was the eldest
Joseph Addison was a distinguished 18th century English poet, author, playwright, politician and classical scholar. He is recognised as one of the finest periodical essayists, who along with his friend, Richard Steele founded the daily journal, ‘The Spectator’.
Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.
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May 23, 2018 · ADDISON, JOSEPH (1672 – 1719), English poet, essayist, and critic. Addison helped to elevate the literary status of English prose while holding important political offices for the Whig party. He was born in 1672 at Milston, Wiltshire. His father, the Reverend Launcelot Addison, was the dean of Lichfield, Staffordshire, and Addison attended ...
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), studied classics at Queen’s College, Oxford and subsequently became a Fellow of Magdalen College. During his life, he held several governmental posts but is perhaps best known for his found-ing of the daily The Spectator with Richard Steele. Addison’s Cato, a play