Sub Topics: Semi-fictional Sketches in Joseph Addison and Richard Steele’s The Spectator and The Tatler
Key Words: birth of modern short story, The Tatler , The Spectator ,essays, Ishap’s Tales, Yataka’s Tales, Arabian Nights, Decameron ,Canterbury Tales ,18th-century English , periodicals
Stories are of abiding interest in our modern day life and while talking about the birth of modern short story or novel, we cannot miss the immortal character sketches of The Tatler and The Spectator essays. Notably, these types of tales had continued to appear in the centuries that proceeded throughout the world literature. Ishap’s Tales, Yataka’s Tales, Arabian Nights, Decameron or even Canterury Tales is or less same in the genre. One source of such stories was the 18th-century English magazine The Tatler and The Spectator, where editors Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele published many semi-fictional sketches of contemporary character types. Now, we will shift our discussion on these periodicals for their merits of literature.