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Ireland in the Days of Sean Swift By Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) Born in Dublin Ireland, was was an Anglo – Irish satirist, and Essayist. He wrote many Letters and Essays to people in high Society in Ireland. Born in... More > Dublin, Swift was well connected to upper society and literary circles through family ties. His Grandmother was married to Sir Erasmus Dryden, Grandfather to the Poet John Dryden. His Cousin was married to Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1702 Swift got his Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity college in Dublin. It was during this time on visits to England that he published A Tale of a Tub and Battle of the Books. He had a mysterious relationship with a woman named Ester Johnson, nicknamed "Stella. Swift spent another twenty years in England as a Political adviser, returning home to Ireland in 1720. He spent the rest of his days “Pampleting” for noble causes in his home country, writing the Drapier's Letters, and other prose works.He died of an eye infection in 1745.< Less
Greatest Works of Jonathan Swift: A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, The Drapier's Letters, Gulliver's Travels, & A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift
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Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, poet and cleric. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language; known for being a master of two styles... More > of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. In 1729, published "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick", a satire in which the narrator, recommends that Ireland's poor escape their poverty by selling their children as food to the rich. This collection, contains his best works, in their original editions: A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, The Drapier's Letters, Gulliver's Travels & A Modest Proposal.< Less
A Tale of a Tub (Illustrated) By Jonathan Swift
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A Tale of a Tub was the first major work written by Jonathan Swift. The Tale is a prose parody which is divided into sections of "digression" and a "tale" of three brothers, each... More > representing one of the main branches of western Christianity. The "tale" presents a consistent satire of religious excess, while the digressions are a series of parodies of contemporary writing in literature, politics, theology, Biblical exegesis, and medicine.< Less
Gulliver's Travels By Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, is a... More > novel by Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.< Less
A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift
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The author offers statistical support for his assertions and gives specific data about the number of children to be sold, their weight and price, and the projected consumption patterns. He suggests... More > some recipes for preparing this delicious new meat, and he feels sure that innovative cooks will be quick to generate more.< Less
A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift
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In 1729 Jonathan Swift anonymously published "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them... More > Beneficial to the Public", or as it's more succinctly called, "A Modest Proposal." The essay opens with a sympathetic and concerned citizen's persuasive introduction to the issue of the Irish poor. Soon however the speaker divulges his morbid solution: the Irish should raise their children as feed stock for the the wealthy throughout the kingdom. This solution, he continues unflinchingly, would resolve the issues of poverty, overpopulation, and Ireland's unbalanced trade with England. A Modest Proposal is Swift's answer to the fervent debates at the time over social reform, ones which coldly and scientifically outlines plans for the poor.< Less
Gulliver´s Travels: Into Several Remote Nations of the World By Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World,is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers'... More > tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.< Less
A Tale of a Tub By Jonathan Swift
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Jump into Jonathan Swift's take-no-prisoners parody of seventeenth-century Christianity. Equal parts uproarious humor and incisive satire, A Tale of a Tub dissects the foibles and shortcomings of... More > three brothers, each of whom represents a different branch of the Christian religion. Swift, himself a clergyman, sealed his reputation as one of England's most ruthless -- and notorious -- satirists with the book's publication. It's a thought-provoking and rollicking read whether you're a believer or a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic.< Less
A Modest Proposal By Jonathan Swift
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A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, first publisehd in 1729. A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them... More > Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a Juvenalian satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Swift suggests that impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. This satirical hyperbole mocks heartless attitudes towards the poor, as well as Irish policy in general. In English writing, the phrase "a modest proposal" is now conventionally an allusion to this style of straight-faced satire. This essay is widely held to be one of the greatest examples of sustained irony in the history of the English language. Much of its shock value derives from the fact that the first portion of the essay describes the plight of starving beggars in Ireland.< Less
Gulliver's Travels By Jonathan Swift
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To this day, the classic Gulliver's Travels places Jonathan Swift as the master of both parody and satire. Fifteen years in the making, his book was published anonymously due to fear of prosecution.... More > And rightfully so, as it basically made fun of everyone: the State, the Church, Big Science and the Aristocracy. It was an immediate smash hit. If Swift were alive today he'd probably be writing for Southpark. This tale in four parts depicts shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver, who encounters the diminutive Lilliputians, the giants of Brobdingnag, the impractical scientists of Laputa, the philosophical horselike Houyhnhnms, and the base humaneseque Yahoos. Besides generating a few unwieldy SAT words (Lilliputian, Brogdingnagian), Gulliver's Travels delves fantastically into the nature of man: exploring good vs. evil, optimism vs. misanthropy, and whether human corruption is innate or learned over time.< Less