Definition of Joseph Addison from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Joseph Addison

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(1672-1719) an English writer and poet who was also active in politics. With his friend Richard Steele he started the Spectator. He wrote many poems and a tragic play, Cato (1713), but he is remembered mainly for his essays in the Spectator and the Tatler, written in a simple, direct style.