The Ridpath Library Of Universal Literature (volume 1); A Biographical And Bibliographical Summary…

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byJohn Clark Ridpath

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... ADDISON, Joseph, an English poet, essayist, and statesman, born at Milston, Wiltshire, May I, 1672; died at Holland House, Kensington, June 17, 1719. He was the son of Rev. Lancelot Addison, Dean of Lichfield, who was an author of some distinction in his day. He was educated at Charter House School, London, and at Queen's and Magdalen Colleges, Oxford, where he distinguished himself by his Latin verses. While quite a young man he secured the favor of Dryden and other men of letters, and likewise of Lords Halifax and Somers, through whose influence he received a pension of £300 to enable him to travel, and especially to perfect himself in the French language, in order to be prepared for official employment. His continental travels lasted from 1699 to the close of 1703, when he returned to England. King William III. had died in the meantime; Addison's patrons had gone out of power; his pension was stopped, and for some time he was hard pressed by pecuniary difficulties; but he was known to the leaders of both parties as a man of genius. The great war of the Spanish Succession had brought the Whigs and Tories of England into some sort of harmony. On August 13, 1/04, was fought the great battle of Blenheim, and the Ministry looked about for some man who could properly celebrate the victory in verse. They sent the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the garret occupied by Addison, to engage his services, offering him a government commissionership worth 200 a year as an earnest of still greater favors. The result of this interview was The Campaign, a poem of some five hundred lines, inscribed to the Duke of Marlborough, whom it celebrates. The poem became famous, and laid the foundation for the fortunes of the poet. Apart from its merits as a poem for the time,...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898. Excerpt: ... ADDISON, Joseph, an English poet, essayist, and statesman, born at Milston, Wiltshire, May I, 1672; died at Holland House, Ken...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217105297

ISBN - 13:9780217105293

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