An English dramatist, journalist, and politician, Richard Steele is best known for his collaboration with Joseph Addison in the publication of two periodicals, The Tatler and The Spectator. These dealt with manners, morality, society, and politics and were extremely popular. The authors' partnership has been considered among the most successful in English literature. Following the publication of The Spectator, Steele became politically active, eventually serving two terms in Parliament. His description of himself as an adult in the following passage is suggestive of some depressive traits, including guilt ("remorse") and oversensitivity. His personality was described by others as warm-hearted, generous, ostentatious, impulsive, and given to carousing; Swift called him "a merry soul." He was a chronic overspender, debtor, overeater, and overdrinker (1). His childhood grief, which he describes poignantly, may have been an experience that shaped his character, the first manifestation of a bipolar disorder (manifested in adulthood by hypomanic symptoms), or both.