Offers a selection of essays from and (1709-1714), together with documents that have been chosen to put these periodical papers into the social and historical contexts of Joseph Addison's and Richard Steele's 18th century. Documents focus special attention on the market of public opinion, commerce and finance, fashioning taste, and fashioning gender. Includes a general introduction, a chronology, and introductions to each thematic group of documents, plus headnotes and extensive annotations. No index. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.