The Coverley Papers, From 'The Spectator'

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It is impossible to get an adequate idea of the Spectator without some knowledge of the Tatler, of which it was the direct outcome. English newspapers had been for many years under government control, and gave only such news as the government allowed. r The Tatler was a London newspaper founded by Richard Steele, and issued three times a week. It was designed to form and direct public opinion. I ts price was one penny. Steele said its name was chosen in honor of the fair sex. The papers were signed Isaac BickerstafI, Esq., a name borrowed from one of Swift scharacters. The first number was issued A pril i2, 1709. The news was grouped under the titles of the different public assembly houses, where the men of that day met to discuss and gossip over ciurent topics of state, literature, and society, much as they do in the social club-houses today. Thus, under the title White s Chocolate House was grouped the news of pleasure and entertainment; Will s Coffee House, that of poetry and the drama; the Grecian, learning; St. James s, domestic topics, etc. The paper began by merely reporting the actions of men, but soon assumed the right to discuss the propriety of such actions. In the fifth number of the Tatler Addison discovered the identity of Mr, Bickeistaff; and he soon became one of the regular contributors, his first paper ivil25543 .A.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text.