Joseph Addison

Posted on August 26, 2021

Tercentenary Essays

Ogée Frédéric

Edited by Paul Davis

Editeur : Oxford University Press

Parution : 26/08/2021

Nombre de pages : 448

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Joseph Addison: Tercentenary Essays is a collection of fifteen essays by a team of internationally recognized experts specially commissioned to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of Addison’s death in 2019. Almost exclusively known now as the inventor and main author of The Spectator, probably the most widely read and imitated prose work of the eighteenth century, Addison also produced important and influential work across a broad gamut of other literary modes—poems, verse translations, literary criticism, periodical journalism, drama, opera, travel writing. Much of this work is little known nowadays even in specialist academic circles; Addison is often described as the most neglected of the eighteenth century’s major writers.

This volume is the first collection to address the full range and variety of Addison’s career and writings. Its fifteen chapters fall into three groupings: the first set study Addison’s work in modes other than the literary periodical (poetry, translation, travel writing, drama); the second set address The Spectator from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (literary-critical, sociological and political, bibliographical); and the final set explore Addison’s reception within several cultural spheres (philosophy, horticulture, art history), by individual writers or across larger historical periods (the Romantic age, the Victorian age), and in Britain and Europe, especially France. The volume provides an overdue and appropriately diverse memorial to one of the dominant men of letters of the Georgian era.

Edited by Paul Davis, Professor of English, University College London

Paul Davis is Professor of English at University College London, where he has taught since 1997. He is the author of Translation and the Poet’s Life (Oxford University Press, 2008), and has edited Rochester: Selected Poems (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is general editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of Addison’s Non-Periodical Works in 5 volumes, and volume editor for the Poems and Translations.


Claire Boulard-Jouslin, Université Paris3-Sorbonne Nouvelle
Brian Cowan, McGill University
Gregory Dart, University College London
Paul Davis, University College London
Robert DeMaria Jr., Vassar College
Markman Ellis, Queen Mary University of London
David Hopkins, University of Bristol
Frédéric Ogée, Université de Paris
Fred Parker, University of Cambridge
Henry Power, University of Exeter
David Francis Taylor, University of Oxford
Marcus Walsh, Liverpool University
Hazel Wilkinson, University of Birmingham
James Winn, Boston University
Brian Young, University of Oxford

1:Introduction, Paul Davis
2:Addison as Translator, David Hopkins
3:Mr Spectator and the Doctor: Joseph Addison and Henry Sacheverell, Brian Cowan
4:Was Addison a Poet?, Paul Davis
5:Coins and Circulation in Addison’s Prose, Henry Power
6:Addison as Critic and Critical Theorist, Marcus Walsh
7:’More Sensual Delights’: Visual Pleasure and Musical Anxiety in Joseph Addison’s Aesthetics, James Winn
8:Sociability and Polite Improvement in Addison’s Periodicals, Markman Ellis
9:Addison’s Modesty: Or, The Essayist as Spectator, Fred Parker
10:The Complete Spectator: A Bibliographical History, Hazel Wilkinson
11:Cato and the Crisis of Rhetoric, David Francis Taylor
12:Addison and France, Claire Boulard-Jouslin
13:Addison, Samuel Johnson, and the Test of Time, Robert DeMaria Jr
14:Nature and Imagination: The Posterity of Addison’s ‘Pleasures’ in British Enlightenment Culture, Frédéric Ogée
15:Addison and the Romantics, Gregory Dart
16:Addison and the Victorians, Brian Young
Appendix: The Complete Spectator, 1712-1812: A Bibliographical Catalogue, Hazel Wilkinson