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Joseph Addison

politician, writer and playwright (1672-1719)

1672   -   1719

language of expression: Latin, English
educated at: The Queen's College, Charterhouse School, King Edward VI School
occupation: politician, writer, playwright, poet, journalist, editor, librettist
position held: Member of Parliament in the Parliament of Ireland, Member of the Privy Council of Ireland, Member of the 2nd Parliament of Great Britain, Member of the 3rd Parliament of Great Britain, Member of the 4th Parliament of Great Britain, Member of the 5th Parliament of Great Britain

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. His simple prose style marked the end of the mannerisms and conventional classical images of the 17th century.
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Cato, a Tragedy

play by Joseph Addison

author: Joseph Addison

1700 or 1713 or 1721 or 1733


œuvre théatrale de Joseph Addison traduite par Abel Boyer, 1713

author: Joseph Addison


The Campaign

poem by Joseph Addison, in celebration of Marlborough's victory at Blenheim

author: Joseph Addison



Westminster Abbey ( 1711 )

1711 article in The Spectator

author: Joseph Addison

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