How many essays were published in The Spectator?

The Spectator published a total of 635 essays. Its first run, from 1711–12, consisted of 555 essays. It was revived in 1714 and added another 80 essays.

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Joseph Addison and Richard Steele's The Spectator, ran, in its first incarnation, 555 essays. The first essay was published on March 1, 1711 and the last on Thursday, December 17, 1712. It then reappeared solely under Addison's guidance on Friday, June 18, 1714 and published until Monday, December 20, 1714, for a total of 80 essays. It consisted of a total of 635 essays.

The Spectator was a daily periodical that commented on popular issues of the times. It was innovative in that it created a fictional framework for its commentary. It imagined a Spectator's Club that met for conversation, often at a London coffeehouse. This frame allowed Addison and Steele to share their thoughts from afar and allowed as well for a witty, gentle, loose, conversational style that was an instant hit. The Spectator had a circulation in the thousands, a large number for the early eighteenth century. It was considered a highly influential periodical.

Addison and Steele used The Spectator format to try to rise above the often rancorous and toxic politics of their times. They believed that wit, good taste, and morality transcended political partisanship and could unite people in common fellowship. Some attribute the rise of the English novel in part to the fictive framework The Spectator developed.

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