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Jonathan Swift
Born in 1667, Jonathan Swift was an Irish writer and cleric, best known for his works Gulliver s Travels, A Modest Proposal, and A Journal to Stella, amongst many others. Educated at Trinity College in Dublin, Swift received his Doctor of Divinity in February 1702, and eventually became Dean of... show more



Born in 1667, Jonathan Swift was an Irish writer and cleric, best known for his works Gulliver s Travels, A Modest Proposal, and A Journal to Stella, amongst many others. Educated at Trinity College in Dublin, Swift received his Doctor of Divinity in February 1702, and eventually became Dean of St. Patrick s Cathedral in Dublin. Publishing under the names of Lemeul Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, and M. B. Drapier, Swift was a prolific writer who, in addition to his prose works, composed poetry, essays, and political pamphlets for both the Whigs and the Tories, and is considered to be one of the foremost English-language satirists, mastering both the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. Swift died in 1745, leaving the bulk of his fortune to found St. Patrick s Hospital for Imbeciles, a hospital for the mentally ill, which continues to operate as a psychiatric hospital today.Jonathan Swift(1667 1745), a poet, satirist, and clergyman, published many satirical works, among them A Modest Proposal. Robert DeMaria, Jr. is Henry Noble McCracken Professor of English at Vassar College. He has published widely on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature.

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Birth date: November 30, 1667
Died: October 19, 1745
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FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt
FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 6 months ago
This book was definitely weird. While I understand it is written as a satire, most of it went over my head since it is so specific to the time period in which it was written. The notes on the text helped so I got a basic understanding, but still did not get the majority of what Swift was saying. How...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 11 months ago
I first came in contact with Swift's Modest Proposal in school where we read certain passages. I was immediately smitten with the nice way in which he wrote his satire. It is so businesslike that it is almost hard at first glance not to agree with his arguments and business strategy. That is, of cou...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 years ago
I'm going to claim "read" on this one even though I haven't strictly read everything inside the covers. I got through most of it, but after a rather arduous 30+ page rhyming poem, I couldn't make it much further though the rest (which was largely more poetry). The book is cute, if anything over 1...
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well
Books Read, Not Necessarily Well rated it 2 years ago
I feel cheated. I finally read "Gulliver's Travels", as printed in the set of Windermere Readers my father had saved from childhood, and I discover that despite it not being marked as such in any way, its abridged! Damn you Eisenhower America! That means I have to scrutinize my readings of Robinson ...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it 2 years ago
This small collection contains 5 of Swift's satirical pieces. "A Modest Proposal" is definitely the best of them. It is strong, the writing is deadpan, and it is also the easiest for a modern reader to understand. It is excellent. I do know that people read it and don't understand it is satire. It i...
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