Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

About Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (1672–1719), an English poet and essayist, was perhaps the most influential literary critic of his day. His essays, written chiefly for two newspapers (The Tatler and The Spectator), were immensely popular and they remain highly esteemed today, at least by teachers of English. On the benches of the university, he distinguished himself by Latin poetry and composed, at the age of 22, a poem on the peace of Ryswick, which made him obtain from King William III a pension of 300 pounds sterling. In 1704, he celebrated the battle of Blenheim, in an ode (The Campaign) which was very successful.
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