Addison, Joseph

(1672-1719)
   Essayist, poet, dramatist and statesman; the son of a clergyman, born at Milston, Wiltshire, and educated at Charterhouse School, Queen's College, and Magdalen College, Oxford, from where he graduated in 1693. He was a major contributor to The Tatler and founded the Spectator in 1711. His tragedy Cato was published in 1713. Two of his longer poems are "An Account of the Greatest English Poets" and "A Letter from Italy." At least six hymns are credited to him. He is buried in the South Transept of Westminster Abbey. Joseph Haydn set "The Spacious Firmament on High" to an adaptation of his own "The Heavens Are Telling" from The Creation. This music can be found online at http:// www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/p/spacious.htm. Some of his other poems: "How Are Thy Servants Blest, O Lord!" "Hymn," "Ode."
   Sources: Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. Oldpoetry (www.oldpoetry.com). Poemhunter (www.poemhunter.com). Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets, 1779-1781 (http://www2.hn.psu.edu/ Faculty/KKemmerer/poetspreface.htm). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry. Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. The Poetical Works of Joseph Addison. John Bell. Apollo Press, 1778. Westminster Abbey Official Guide (no date).

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  • Addison,Joseph — Addison, Joseph. 1672 1719. English essayist whose witty and elegant works appeared in The Tatler, founded by Richard Steele in 1709, and The Spectator, founded by Addison and Steele in 1711.   Ad di·soʹni·an ( sōʹnē ən) adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • Addison, Joseph — born May 1, 1672, Milston, Wiltshire, Eng. died June 17, 1719, London English essayist, poet, and dramatist. His poem on the Battle of Blenheim, The Campaign (1705), brought him to the attention of leading Whigs and paved the way to important… …   Universalium

  • Addison, Joseph — ► (1672 1719) Ensayista y periodista británico. Trabajó para los periódicos The Tatler y The Spectator. Obras: ensayos sobre Milton, La visión de Mirza y Sir Roger de Coverley, entre otras. * * * (1 may. 1672, Milston, Wiltshire, Inglaterra–17… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Addison, Joseph — (1672 1719)    Poet, essayist and statesman, was the s. of Lancelot Addison, Dean of Lichfield. B. near Amesbury, Wilts., A. went to the Charterhouse where he made the acquaintance of Steele (q.v.), and then at the age of fifteen to Oxford where… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • ADDISON, JOSEPH —    a celebrated English essayist, studied at Oxford, became Fellow of Magdalen, was a Whig in politics, held a succession of Government appointments, resigned the last for a large pension; was pre eminent among English writers for the purity and… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Joseph Addison — (May 1, 1672 – June 17, 1719) was an English essayist and poet. He was a man of letters, eldest son of Lancelot Addison, and later the dean of Lichfield. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long standing friend, Richard Steele,… …   Wikipedia

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  • Joseph Addison — [Joseph Addison] (1672–1719) an English writer and poet who was also active in politics. With his friend Richard Steele he started the ↑Spectator. He wrote many poems and a ↑tragic play, Cato (171 …   Useful english dictionary

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