First appearing in 1709, Richard Steele's Tatler was an agreeable mixture of information and entertainment, with news from the war abroad, comment on new books and plays, gossip, articles against gaming and duelling, and poetry and fiction. After Addison joined in running the paper, it developed into a "periodical essay" proper, and the subjects covered were of more general--and serious--concern: religious issues, literary criticism, problems of conduct, and political controversy. Eventually collected into four volumes, it has frequently been reprinted. This edition--the first since 1898--includes an introduction, textual notes, and a commentary on each essay.
'These are wonderful books, beautifully produced by OUP ... and a continuous source of delight and instruction, both from Addison and Steele themselves, and from Bond's meticulous and enlightening commentary.' Country Life
`Donald F. Bond's new edition of the Tatler is a work of historical and editorial scholarship outmatched only by his earlier and even larger edition of the Spectator' Claude Rawson,
'Such is the variety of topics broached in The Tatler that the general reader as well as the scholar will derive pleasure from this edition. All will be grateful to the late Professor Bond for his long labours as an editor. Thanks are also due to the Clarendon Press for the format and the handsome layout of the text. This is a worthy companion to The Spectator.'
Irene Simon, Justificatif.