Joseph Addison
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Born: May 1, 1672

Died: June 17, 1719 (aged 47)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Writer

Bio: Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was a man of letters, eldest son of 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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