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Sir Richard Steele (1672–1729)

Steele, Sir Richard. A British author and dramatist; born in Dublin, March 1672; died at Carmathen, Wales, Sept. 1, 1729. He published in 1701, ‘The Christian Hero’; in the latter part of the same year he brought out his first comedy, ‘The Funeral,’ which was followed by ‘The Lying Lover’ (1703), and ‘The Tender Husband’ (1705). His fame rests upon his connection with the Tatler and the Spectator. The Tatler (1709–11) contained 271 numbers: 188 were by Steele, 42 by Addison, and by both conjointly. Of 555 numbers of the Spectator, 236 were by Steele and 274 by Addison. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).