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William John Courthope

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William John Courthope (1842 – 1917) was an English writer and historian of poetry.

Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

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1884 EXQUISITE Life of Joseph Addison by Courthope English Literature Theater

William John Courthope (1842 – 1917) was an English writer and historian of poetry.

Joseph Addison (1672 – 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

Main author: William John Courthope

Title: Addison

Published: London : Macmillan, 1884.

Language: English

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  • Beautiful Moroccan red-leather binding, decorative
  • Hand-colored portrait engraving of Joseph Addison
  • 36 incredible engravings (8 hand-colored)

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Pages: complete with all vi + 192 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: London : Macmillan, 1884.

Size: ~7in X 5in (17.5cm x 12.5cm)

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William John Courthope (17 July 1842 – 10 April 1917) was an English writer and historian of poetry, whose father was rector of South Malling, Sussex.

Life[edit]

From Harrow School he went to New College, Oxford; took first-classes in classical moderations and greats; and won the Newdigate prize for poetry (1864) and the Chancellors English essay (1868). He seemed destined for distinction as a poet, his volume of Ludibria Lunae (1869) being followed in 1870 by the remarkably fine Paradise of Birds. But a certain academic quality of mind seemed to check his output in verse and divert it into the field of criticism.[1]

Apart from many contributions to the higher journalism, his literary career is associated mainly with his continuation of the edition of Pope’s works, begun by Whitwell Elwin, which appeared in ten volumes from 1871-1889; his life of Addison (Men of Letters series, 1882); his Liberal Movement in English Literature (1885); and his tenure of the professorship of Poetry at Oxford (1895-1901), which resulted in his elaborate History of English Poetry (the first volume appearing in 1895), and his Life in Poetry (1901).[1]

He deals with the history of English poetry as a whole, and in its unity as a result of the national spirit and thought in succeeding ages, and attempts to bring the great poets into relation with this. In 1887 he was appointed a civil service commissioner, being first commissioner in 1892, and being made a CB. He was made an honorary fellow of his old college at Oxford in 1896, and was given the honorary degrees of D.Litt by Durham in 1895 and of LL.D by Edinburgh University in 1898.[1]

Category

Literature

Authors

William John Courthope

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete