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Sir Roger de Coverly is a Tory of the old, old school. A country gentleman, seeming wise and seeming fool, he steps out of the text of The Spectator as one of Addison and Steele’s most memorable recurring characters. The early 18th-century prose here is wonderful, of course. The tale of Sir Roger’s failed romance with the cruel widow, his exploits in the city and at the hunt, and his opinion on beards will not make you a better person. It might, however, make you a little bit happier, at least f ...more
I've wanted to read the Roger de Coverley papers since I was in high school and finally did. I have my grandmother's copy printed in 1904 and edited by Mary E. Litchfield. I have been unable to discover who Litchfield was, but her intro and notes are superb, covering history literature, theatre, religion and culture in general, putting the Tatler and Spectator in historical perspective.I'm guessing that Addison and Steele a(certainly the former) and that's a shame. Civility is beyond our current ...more
Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet and politician. He was a man of letters, eldest son of Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.More about Joseph Addison...