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Steele, Richard Sir 1672-1729

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Works: 2,564 works in 10,989 publications in 3 languages and 114,126 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Drama  Essays  Sources  Personal correspondence  Portraits  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Translator, Author of introduction, Redactor, Creator, Illustrator, Publishing director, Publisher, win, Secretary, Correspondent
Classifications: PR1365, 824.5
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The spectator by Joseph Addison( Book )

503 editions published between 1711 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 4,584 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An amusing and informative record of English morals and manners in the early-eighteenth century
The Christian hero by Richard Steele( )

228 editions published between 1701 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conscious lovers : a comedy. As it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury-Lane, by His Majesty's servants. Written by Sir Richard Steele by Richard Steele( )

155 editions published between 1722 and 2018 in English and held by 2,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conscious lovers : a comedy. Written by Sir Richard Steele by Richard Steele( )

132 editions published between 1723 and 1782 in English and held by 2,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Spectator by Richard Steele( )

in English and Undetermined and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes: Appendix. Notes critical and explanatory, and: Index
Spectator club by Richard Steele( )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, esq by Richard Steele( )

176 editions published between 1710 and 2017 in English and held by 1,809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sir Roger de Coverley papers, from the Spectator by Joseph Addison( Book )

86 editions published between 1890 and 2002 in English and held by 1,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The guardian by Joseph Addison( )

10 editions published between 1829 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1713, soon after publication of the Spectator had come to an end, its place on breakfast tables of Queen Anne's London was taken by the Guardian. Richard Steele, continuing in the new paper the blend of learning, wit, and moral instruction that had proved so attractive in the Tatler and Spectator, was the editor and principal writer; in the 175 numbers of the Guardian he included 53 essays by Joseph Addison, as well as contributions by Alexander Pope, George Berkeley, and several others, some of whom doubtless transmitted their papers through the famous lion's head letterbox that Addis
The lying lover : or, the ladies friendship. A comedy. Written by Sir Richard Steele by Richard Steele( )

102 editions published between 1717 and 2018 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The conscious lovers by Richard Steele( Book )

164 editions published between 1723 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the play, Sir John Bevil is encouraging his son, Bevil Jr., to marry the wealthy Lucinda, daughter of Mr. Sealand. John Bevil was quite the rake in his day, and he is trying to encourage his son to settle down with a wife and start a family. Bevil Jr., however, is faced with a dilemma, for though he is set to marry Lucinda, he is not in love with her, but his good friend Myrtle is. Bevil Jr. is in love with Indiana, a poor woman whose mother died when Indiana was seven. Indiana has been raised by her Aunt Isabella (Mr. Sealand's sister). She is the daughter of Mr. Sealand by his first wife, though no one realizes it. Mr. Sealand is intent on marrying his daughter Lucinda to Bevil Jr., but Mrs. Sealand, Mr. Sealand's second wife and Lucinda's mother, is intent on her marrying the young coxcomb Cimberton, because of his vast fortune and also because he is Mrs. Sealand's cousin. However, because of his fortune, Cimberton cannot marry without the consent of his Uncle Geoffrey or his counsel of lawyers. So Bevil Jr. and Myrtle devise a scheme where Myrtle and Bevil Jr.'s servant, Tom, will disguise themselves as Sir Geoffrey's lawyers, Bramble and Target, in order to delay the wedding proceedings. They arrive at Mr. Sealand's house in disguise, and convince Cimberton and Mrs. Sealand that the marriage absolutely cannot proceed without Sir Geoffrey's physical presence to sign away part of the estate. In the meantime, Sir John and Mr. Sealand discuss Bevil Jr.'s morals, for it has been discovered that he has been visiting a woman of lower class on a frequent basis. Mr. Sealand decides to go and visit this young woman so that he may judge Bevil Jr.'s moral conduct for himself, and Sir John and his servant Humphrey discuss the implication of marrying his son off as a bargaining chip to double the estate rather than letting Bevil Jr. choose a wife of his own. The next day, Phillis, Lucinda's maid, arrives at Bevil Jr.'s lodgings with news that Sir Geoffrey is expected in town at any moment, and suggests that Myrtle disguise himself as Sir Geoffrey in order to further delay the marriage proceedings. Myrtle arrives at Mr. Sealand's house disguised at Sir Geoffrey. Mrs. Sealand is in a hurry to marry Lucinda to Cimberton while her husband is away, she begins proceedings for a wedding. When Mr. Sealand arrives at Isabella and Indiana's lodgings, Isabella recognizes him, but he does not recognize her. He talks to Indiana, listens to her sad story, and while she is in a crying fit she drops a bracelet on the floor, and Mr. Sealand recognizes it as the bracelet he gave his first wife just before they were separated. Mr. Sealand is happy to be reunited with his daughter and sister, and in this moment insists that Indiana marry Bevil Jr. Isabella leaves that instant to get Bevil Jr. and arrives with Sir John Bevil, Bevil Jr., Mrs. Sealand, Cimberton, Myrtle disguised as Sir Geoffrey, and Lucinda. In this final scene, Mr. Sealand says he would rather have Myrtle marry Lucinda because he never likes Cimberton, and Cimberton will not marry Lucinda because her dowry has just been halved by the discovery of the other daughter. He leaves, and Myrtle reveals himself. In the end, the moral of the story, given by Sir John, is that the happiness of the young is provided by good virtue, honesty and "Providence."
The funeral: or, grief a-la-mode : a comedy. Written by Sir Richard Steele by Richard Steele( )

84 editions published between 1725 and 2018 in English and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tender husband by Richard Steele( Book )

46 editions published between 1705 and 2018 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Sir Roger de Coverley papers by Joseph Addison( Book )

31 editions published between 1893 and 2018 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English squire of Queen Anne's reign, Sir Roger exemplified the values of an old country gentleman, and was portrayed as lovable but somewhat ridiculous ('rather beloved than esteemed' (Spectator no. 2), making his Tory politics seem harmless but silly. He was said to be the grandson of the man who invented the dance named after him. This collection of essays from the Spectator includes introductory chapters on the historical background for this 17th/18th century Queen Anne period, on the evolution of The Spectator, and on the lives of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. Steele, the founder of The Tatler, and The Spectator with Addison, sketched the corresponding plan of the Spectator's Club, with Sir Roger de Coverley representing the honorable values of the country gentleman of the best kind, as here set forth from the original issues of The Spectator in 1711 and beyond. Addison's contributions to The Spectator are said to have perfected the essay as a literary form. His prose style was the model for pure and elegant English until the end of the 18th century; his comments on the manners and morals were widely influential in forming the middle-class ideal of a dispassionate, tolerant, Christian world citizen. His fictitious Sir Roger De Coverly Papers, according to William Makepeace Thackeray, give a full ".expression of the life of the time; of the manners, of the movement, the dress, the pleasures, the laughter, and the ridicules of society," for the period in a way that no pure history or autobiography ever could
The tender husband : or, the accomplish'd fools. A comedy. Written by Sir Richard Steele by Richard Steele( )

58 editions published between 1725 and 1771 in English and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff Esq : revised and corrected by the author. by Richard Steele( )

56 editions published between 1711 and 1733 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tatler by Richard Steele( Book )

10 editions published between 1953 and 1968 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addison and Steele: selections from the Tatler and the Spectator by Joseph Addison( Book )

19 editions published between 1914 and 1970 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plays of Richard Steele by Richard Steele( Book )

15 editions published between 1894 and 2014 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A letter to a Member of Parliament : concerning the bill for preventing the growth of schism. By Richard Steele, Esq by Richard Steele( )

56 editions published between 1714 and 2018 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Addison, Giuseppe 1672-1729

Addison, Joseph 1672-1729

Addisson 1672-1729

author of the Tatler and Spectator, the, 1672-1729

Bickerstaf, Isaak 1672-1729

Bickerstaff, Isaac

Bickerstaff, Isaac 1672-1729

Bickerstaff, Isaac Esq. 1672-1729

Bickerstaffe, Isaac

Bickerstaffe, Isaac 1672-1729

Biskerstaff Isaac

Edgar, John

Edgar John 1672-1729

Edgar, John 1672-1729 Sir

Edgar, John Sir 1672-1729

Gentleman of the army.

Gentleman of the army 1672-1729

Ironside, Nestor, 1672-1729

Mr Steele 1672-1729

Myrtle, Marmaduke

Myrtle Marmaduke 1672-1729

Myrtle, Marmaduke Gent. 1672-1729

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R-d S-e, Sir, 1672-1729

Richard Steele

Richard Steele British playwright and politician (1672-1729)

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Steeli, Riccardo

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Stilis Ričardas

Ричард Стийл

Ричард Стил

Ричард Стил ирландский писатель, журналист, политик

Стил, Ричард ирландский писатель, журналист, политик

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French (11)

Italian (7)