"Was it not Addison, the great English writer"

 Joseph Addison began his literary career by writing poems which were quite popular. Then he started writing political pamphlets, but they were not impressive. Additionally, he wrote plays, but none of lasting quality. It is only as an essayist that Addison is remembered today, though he embarked on this course quite by accident: his childhood friend, Richard Steele, started The Tatler magazine, and he wrote for it.