The Death Of Sir Richard Steele

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The best remembered periodical essayist, dramatist, and a politician was a man named Sir Richard Steele. His birth date is not known but it is known that he was baptized on March 12, 1676 on Dublin, Ireland. Richard Steele’s father was also named Richard Steele; he was an attorney and his mother’s name was Elinor Sheyles; her occupation was not said. Unfortunately, after his parents passed away in 1676. Steele was placed under the guardianship of his uncle, Henry Gascoigne, which was secretary of to the Duke of Ormonde. One of his challenges he faced was that he only had one stage failure in 1703, which was The Lying Lover, that had only ran for six nights. As Steele said “damned for its piety.” (Mutter) Another challenged he faced was…show more content…
Ten editions were sold in his lifetime. Steele was accused of hypocrisy and mocked for the differences between his attitude precepts and genial convivial practice. In Steele’s plays the moralistic tract would be echoed. Later that same year, Steele wrote his first comedy The Funeral or Grief A-la-mode. It was successfully performed at Drury Lane. This play made his reputation look good and was noticed by King William and the Whig leaders. Late in 1703, his second comedy, The Lying Lover was the only stage failure Steele had. It only had six runs. In 1705, Joseph Addison helped Steele with his third comedy called The Tender Husband. It was also a success, might have been because Addison put in his part by helping Steele. On August 12, 1709, Steele had released his paper called The Tatler, to be published thrice-weekly. It continued with Addison’s help. The Tatler issues were authored by Steele. Addison writing about 46 on his own and working with Steele he had about 36 done. The Tatler unfortunately discontinued on January 2, 1711. The reason for this is uncertain but mainly because of political reasons. Under the name of Isaac Bickerstaff, Richard Steele made a mixture of entertainment and instruction in a manner of morals that was going to be perfected in The Spectator. Richard Steele wrote this “The general purpose of the whole has been to recommend truth, innocence, honor, and virtue, as the chief of ornaments of

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