Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 May 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Addison has received more than 959,698 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Addison is the 1,904th most popular writer (down from 1,696th in 2019), the 1,450th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,342nd in 2019) and the 157th most popular British Writer.

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  • 42

    Languages Editions (L)

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  • 4.71

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

The Sir Roger de Coverley papers, from the Spectator
Sir Roger de Coverley
Accessible book, Social life and customs, Fiction
The Sir Roger de Coverley papers
Drama, Early works to 1800, Elocution


Among writers, Joseph Addison ranks 1,904 out of 7,302Before him are Colin Wilson, Luis de León, José de Espronceda, Voltairine de Cleyre, Erinna, and Khushal Khattak. After him are Christopher Robin Milne, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Viktor Barna, Ruan Ji, György Konrád, and Clark Ashton Smith.

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Among people born in 1672, Joseph Addison ranks 3Before him are Peter the Great, and Pylyp Orlyk. After him are Nicolas de Grigny, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, André Cardinal Destouches, Zhang Tingyu, Landgravine Charlotte of Hesse-Homburg, and Richard Steele. Among people deceased in 1719, Joseph Addison ranks 12Before him are Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Boris Sheremetev, and Arnold Houbraken. After him are Farrukhsiyar, Arp Schnitger, Carlo Cignani, Georg Heinrich von Görtz, Pasquier Quesnel, and Rafi ud-Darajat.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Addison ranks 1,450 out of 8,785Before him are George Arliss (1868), Reginald Doherty (1872), Maurice Wilkes (1913), Brian Aldiss (1925), Kate Sheppard (1848), and Colin Wilson (1931). After him are Sophie, Countess of Wessex (1965), George Romney (1734), Christopher Robin Milne (1920), Sandie Shaw (1947), Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1473), and Martin Freeman (1971).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Addison ranks 157Before him are Anne Perry (1938), Ted Hughes (1930), Malcolm Lowry (1909), Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838), Brian Aldiss (1925), and Colin Wilson (1931). After him are Christopher Robin Milne (1920), Thomas Wyatt (1503), Edward Young (1683), Anthony Trollope (1815), Robert Southey (1774), and Christopher Isherwood (1904).