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Selected Poetry of Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

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Index to poems

'Tis Britain's care to watch o'er Europe's fate,
And hold in balance each contending state ...
        (A Letter from Italy, 145-146)
  1. An Account of the Greatest English Poets (excerpt)
  2. A Letter from Italy
  3. Ode

Notes on Life and Works

Biographical information

Given name: Joseph
Family name: Addison
Birth date: 1 May 1672
Death date: 17 June 1719
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Lancelot Addison
          Queen's College, Oxford (B.A.): 1687
          Oxford (M.A.): 1693
Religion: Christian
Politics: Whig
Honour: Fellowship at Queen's College, Oxford: 1698
Patron: Charles Montague
Literary period: Augustan
Occupation: Statesman
          Chelsea, England
          Milston, Wiltshire: 1672 to 1683
          Amesbury, Wilts, England: 1 May 1672 to 1683
          Lichfield: 1683
          France: 1699 to December 1700
          Italy: 1700 to 1702
          London: 1704 to 1713
          Dublin: 1709 to 1710
          Bilton, Warwickshire: 1713
          Holland House, Kensington: 1716 to 1719
Cause of death: Dropsy
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1996-2000