Isaac Bickerstaff, Physician and Astrologer

Richard STEELE (1672 - 1729)

Isaac Bickerstaff Esq. was a pseudonym used by Jonathan Swift as part of a hoax to predict the death of then famous Almanac-maker and astrologer John Partridge. In 1709, Richard Steele bolstered the release of his new satirical paper The Tatler by naming the fictitious Isaac Bickerstaff Esq. as editor. These are fictional essays/memoirs of Bickerstaff, written by Steele. Isaac writes from his time, and his personal things on what was going on. Bickerstaff, or rather Richard Steele, talks mostly about Mr. Bickerstaff's friends, his family, and the many different entertainments that Bickerstaff goes through. Bickerstaff also gets many opportunities to talk to people who are in trouble with their spouse or maybe looking for a partner, and so Bickerstaff plays the role of a father, giving advice to many characters throughout the book. (Summary by TriciaG & Elijah.)

Genre(s): Fictional Biographies & Memoirs, Humorous Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Elijah Fisher
00:06:40
Play 01 The Staffian Race Elijah Fisher
00:09:05
Play 02 Pacolet Elijah Fisher
00:12:28
Play 03 Pacolet's story Elijah Fisher
00:13:01
Play 04 Recollections Elijah Fisher
00:12:14
Play 05 Marriage of Sister Jenny Elijah Fisher
00:13:09
Play 06 Professional: A Case of Spleen Elijah Fisher
00:06:28
Play 07 The Dream of Fame Elijah Fisher
00:19:35
Play 08 Love and Sorrow Elijah Fisher
00:13:06
Play 09 Love and Reason Elijah Fisher
00:09:36
Play 10 A Business Meeting Elijah Fisher
00:09:20
Play 11 Duello Elijah Fisher
00:04:48
Play 12 Happy Marriage Elijah Fisher
00:13:49
Play 13 Dead Folk Elijah Fisher
00:12:46
Play 14 The Wife Dead Elijah Fisher
00:10:38
Play 15 The Club at ''The Trumpet'' Elijah Fisher
00:10:42
Play 16 A Very Pretty Poet Elijah Fisher
00:08:57
Play 17 Fatherly Care Elijah Fisher
00:09:59
Play 18 Bickerstaff Censor: Cases In Court Elijah Fisher
00:41:48
Play 19 Of Men Who Are Not Their Own Masters Elijah Fisher
00:11:35
Play 20 False Doctoring Elijah Fisher
00:09:01
Play 21 Drinking Elijah Fisher
00:07:02
Play 22 Night and Day Elijah Fisher
00:10:58
Play 23 Two Old Ladies Elijah Fisher
00:11:39
Play 24 Maria Calls In Shire Lane Elijah Fisher
00:06:15
Play 25 Sister Jenny and Her Husband Elijah Fisher
00:11:55
Play 26 Love That Will Live Elijah Fisher
00:11:59
Play 27 Mr. Bickerstaff's Nephews Elijah Fisher
00:15:04