John Calhoun Stephens (essay date 1982)
SOURCE: Introduction to The Guardian, The University Press of Kentucky, 1982, pp. 1-36.
[In following excerpt, Stephens traces the history of Addison and Steele's periodical the Guardian,emphasizing its involvement in politics as the cause of its demise.]
If The Spectator had not existed, The Guardian might outrank all periodicals of this kind.
Of the numerous literary periodicals produced in the eighteenth century, none have been more famous than the Tatler, the Spectator, and the Guardian, in which Addison and Steele brought the familiar...
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