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Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 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 822,373 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Joseph Addison is the 1,709th most popular writer (down from 1,321st in 2019), the 1,346th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,025th in 2019) and the 143rd most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Joseph Addison ranks 1,709 out of 5,755Before him are Julius Firmicus Maternus, Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Manuel Puig, John Gay, Adamantios Korais, and Voltairine de Cleyre. After him are Masaoka Shiki, Elsa Beskow, Akiyuki Nosaka, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Namık Kemal, and Aryadeva.

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Among people born in 1672, Joseph Addison ranks 2Before him is Peter the Great. After him are Pylyp Orlyk, Ludovico Antonio Muratori, Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Nicolas de Grigny, Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, André Cardinal Destouches, Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, and Richard Steele. Among people deceased in 1719, Joseph Addison ranks 10Before him are Michel Rolle, Benjamin Hornigold, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Johann Friedrich Böttger, and Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt. After him are Boris Sheremetev, Farrukhsiyar, Arp Schnitger, Arnold Houbraken, Carlo Cignani, and Pasquier Quesnel.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Joseph Addison ranks 1,346 out of 7,765Before him are David Icke (1952), Edmund Kean (1787), John Austin (1790), Timothy Spall (1957), John Gay (1685), and William McDougall (1871). After him are Simon Rattle (1955), Claire Forlani (1971), Alma Reville (1899), David Hartley (1705), Harry Gregg (1932), and R. G. Collingwood (1889).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Joseph Addison ranks 143Before him are Barbara Cartland (1901), Ted Hughes (1930), Ruth Rendell (1930), Seamus Heaney (1939), Walafrid Strabo (808), and John Gay (1685). After him are Alma Reville (1899), Arthur Machen (1863), Edward Lear (1812), Malcolm Lowry (1909), Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837), and Thomas Wyatt (1503).