Joseph Addison: An Intellectual Biography

Author:   Dan Poston
Publisher:   University of Virginia Press
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9780813950396


Pages:   378
Publication Date:   04 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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"The name Joseph Addison was once synonymous with the finest of English prose. Eminent writers from Voltaire to Lord Macaulay to John Steinbeck considered him a consummate master to be studied and emulated. According to Benjamin Franklin, Addison’s writings ""contributed more to the improvement of the minds of the British nation, and polishing their manner, than those of any other English pen whatever."" While his influence lives on in the sound and style of English today, the fame of this literary role model has faded from popular awareness. The Addisonian spirit, which ushered in an exceptional era of domestic peace in Britain and provided inspiration for the French and American Revolutions, coded many of the constitutional, political, and social agreements we continue to live with today. This book, the first comprehensive monograph of Addison in half a century, considers Addison’s contribution through an in-depth exploration of his writings, political work, social life, and theatrical stagings."

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Author:   Dan Poston
Publisher:   University of Virginia Press
Imprint:   University of Virginia Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 3.20cm , Length: 23.50cm
ISBN:  

9780813950396


ISBN 10:   0813950392
Pages:   378
Publication Date:   04 December 2023
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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An informative and entertaining read that accomplishes a valuable act of recuperation. The performance studies and historicist angles that Poston takes are impressive. This book does work that other studies of Addison simply do not. --Jason Shaffer, US Naval Academy, author of Performing Patriotism: National Identity in the Colonial and Revolutionary American Theater


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Dan Poston is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Tübingen.

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