Originally published in 1909, this book contains a selection of essays by the English man of letters and politician Joseph Addison (1672-1719). The essays were selected from The Spectator, the magazine founded by Addison and Richard Steele, which ran from 1711 to 1712. An editorial introduction is included, along with notes. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the writings of Addison and The Spectator.
Preface; Introduction; 1. Mr Spectator; 2. Stage realism; 3. The aim of The Spectator; 4. Nicolini and the lions; 5. Malicious wit; 6. Valetudinarians; 7. Meditations in the abbey; 8. The scope of satire; 9. A lady's library; 10. Stage murder; 11. French fopperies; 12. On friendship; 13. The ballad of Chevy Chase (I); 14. The ballad of Chevy Chase (II); 15. Appearances deceptive; 16. Ladies' head-dresses; 17. Fans; 18. Pedants; 19. Sir Roger's country-house; 20. Will Wimble; 21. Sir Roger in church; 22. The value of exercise; 23. Sir Roger and witchcraft; 24. Sir Roger on the bench; 25. Periodical essays; 26. Sir Roger and the gypsies; 27. Town and country; 28. The genius of the English language; 29. The vision of Mirzah; 30. Inconstancy; 31. A grinning match; 32. On charity; 33. Wit and wisdom; 34. The trunk-maker; 35. Female orators; 36. On ridicule; 37. The cries of London; 38. The philosophy of hoods; 39. Sir Roger comes to town; 40. Milton (I); 41. Milton (II); 42. Sir Roger visits the abbey; 43. Sir Roger at the play; 44. On cheerfulness; 45. Coffee-house politicians; 46. On fine taste; 47. Wealth and poverty; 48. Qualifications for office; 49. Gardens; 50. Coffee-house opinion; 51. Uncharitable judgment; 52. On giving advice; 53. The death of Sir Roger; 54. Project of a new club; 55. On egotism; 56. On contentment; 57. False criticism; Appendix; Notes.