Sir Roger de Coverly and other essays from the Spectator

J. M. Dent

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J. M. Dent
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Dec 31, 1905
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 The English essayist, poet, playwright and politician, Joseph Addison was a leading contributor and guiding spirit of the periodicals ‘The Tatler’ and ‘The Spectator’. Addison also wrote ‘Cato’, one of the most successful tragedies of the eighteenth century. Dr. Samuel Johnson’s praise of Addison established him as one of the most admired and influential masters of prose. This comprehensive eBook presents Addison’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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The Dramatic Works



The Drummer

The Poetry

The Poetical Works of Addison

The Poems in Alphabetical Order

The Prose

Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c.

The Present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation, Consider’d

The Late Tryal and Conviction of Count Tariff

A Dissertation upon the Most Celebrated Roman Poets

The Old Whig

Dialogues upon the Usefulness of Ancient Medals


The Evidences of the Christian Religion

A Discourse on Antient and Modern Learning

Maxims, observations, and Reflections: Moral, Political, and Divine

Notes upon the Twelve Books of Paradise Lost

The Sir Roger de Coverley Papers

The Magazines

Essays from ‘The Tatler’

The Spectator

Essays from ‘The Free-Holder’

Essays from ‘The Guardian’
Essays from ‘The Lover’

The Biographies

Addison by William John Courthope

Addison by Samuel Johnson

Life of Joseph Addison by George Gilfillan

Joseph Addison by William Spalding

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