A Political Biography of Joseph Addison

A Political Biography of Joseph Addison

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One of the most durable eighteenth-century writers, Joseph Addison (1672-1719) is best remembered for his sparkling and rangy entries in the Tatler (1709-11) and the Spectator (1711-12), both co-edited with Richard Steele. By the early 1710s, when the Tory ascendency prompted his turn to periodical writing, Addison was a political fixture. The celebrity ensured by his and Steele's joint enterprises, along with the success of his heroic drama Cato (1713), enabled him to flourish during a low ebb in his party's fortunes. Enduring a surprisingly bumpy ride during the early reign of George I, Addison's final political publication, the two-part Old Whig (1719), pitted its author against his old friend Steele in a squabble about a Bill designed to restrict new peerages. This half-hearted and nasty effort is an unfortunate end to an august career. This biography puts his literary career into a political context.
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  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1851966757
  • 9781851966752