Sir Richard Steele

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The eighteenth century essayist, dramatist, journalist and politician Sir Richard Steele is best known today as the principal author of the periodicals ‘The Tatler’ and ‘The Spectator’. One of the most compelling figures of his time, Steele adopted a prose technique characterised by its easy, rapid, humorous and sincere style. His publications represented a new approach to journalism, offering cultivated essays on contemporary manners, establishing a pattern that would influence the course of English literature. This eBook presents Steele’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Steele’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the major texts
* All the major tracts, with individual contents tables
* Features rare essays appearing for the first time in digital publishing
* Images of how the texts were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* The complete plays and poetry, with superior formatting
* Includes the complete run of both ‘The Tatler’ and ‘The Spectator’
* Features two biographies – discover Steele’s literary life
* Ordering of texts into chronological order and genres


The Prose
The Christian Hero (1701)
The Spectator Club (1711)
The Englishman’s Thanks to the Duke of Marlborough (1712)
The Importance of Dunkirk Consider’d (1713)
The Crisis (1714)
Mr. Steele’s Apology for Himself and His Writings (1714)
The Englishman: Being the Close of the Paper So-Called No. 57 (1714)
An Account of the Fish-Pool (1718)
The Crisis of Property (1720)
A Nation a Family (1720)
Isaac Bickerstaff: Physician and Astrologer (1887)
Miscellaneous Tracts

The Dramatic Works
The Funeral (1701)
The Lying Lover (1703)
The Tender Husband (1705)
The Conscious Lovers (1723)
The School of Action (1725)
The Gentleman (1809)
Prologues to Plays by Other Writers

The Poem
The Procession (1695)

The Journalism
The Tatler (1709-1711)
The Spectator (1711-1712)

The Biographies
Richard Steele (1894) by G. A. Aitken
Sir Richard Steele (1900) by Henry Austin Dobson

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