Joseph Addison


After attending the Charterhouse with Richard Steele, Joseph Addison studied at Magdalen College Oxford (M.A. 1693, Fellow 1698-1711). He then traveled on the Continent to prepare for a career as a diplomat and writer. Writing for the Whigs, Addison won acclaim for The Campaign (1704) and his tragedy Cato (1713); he held a series of government posts culminating in his appointment as Secretary of State (1717). As an essayist he collaborated with Steele on The Tatler, The Spectator, and The Guardian. Addison's coterie of Whig writers included Steele, Tickell, John Hughes, "Rag" Smith, and Ambrose Philips.


1694An Account of the Greatest English Poets. To Mr. H. S. Ap. 3d. 1694.
1709Tatler 97 [Prodicus's Choice of Hercules.]
1711Spectator 159 [The Vision of Mirzah.]
1711Spectator 183 [On Fables.]
1711Spectator 3 [Allegory of Public Credit.]
1711Spectator 62 [True and False Wit.]
1712Spectator 419 [The Fairy Way of Writing.]
1712Spectator 523 [Heathen Mythology.]
1713Guardian 152 [Allegorical Battle of the Sexes.]
1714Spectator 558 [The Mountain of Human Miseries.]
1714Spectator 559 [The Mountain of Human Miseries. Conclusion.]


Nova philosophia veteri praeferenda. 1693.
An account of the greatest English poets. 1694.
An address to King William. 1695.
An essay on Virgil's Georgics, in The works of Virgil (Dryden, trans.) 1697.
The campaign. 1705.
Remarks on the several parts of Italy. 1705.
Rosamond: an opera. 1707.
The present state of the war. 1708.
The tatler. 1709-11.
The spectator. 1711-12.
The guardian. 1713.
Cato: a tragedy. 1713.
The late tryal and conviction of Count Tariff. 1713.
Works, ed. Thomas Tickell. 4 vols, 1721.
Miscellaneous works in verse and prose. 3 vols, 1726.
A discourse on ancient and modern learning. 1739.
Poetical works. 1750.
Dramatic works. 1750.
The correspondence of John Hughes and Mr Addison. 1773.
Addisoniana. 2 vols, 1803.
Works, ed. Richard Hurd. 6 vols, 1812.
Works, ed. A. C. Guthkelch. 2 vols, 1914.
Criticisms on Paradise Lost, ed. A. S. Cook. 1926.
Letters of Joseph Addison, ed. W. Graham. 1941.