Jonathan Swift

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Ian Higgins
978-0-7463-0782-3

A concise, introductory and lively reappraisal of the writings of a major satirist, pamphleteer and poet

Description: Jonathan Swift was a Church of Ireland priest and an Irish patriot, a poet, pamphleteer, and the greatest prose satirist in the English language. The surrealists regarded Swift as the true initiator of black humour. This informative and provocative study attends to the whole of Swift’s writing career and relates his works to famous and fugitive writings by his contemporaries. The book’s focus is the major satires upon which Swift’s literary reputation principally rests including A Tale of a Tub, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal and the infamous scatological poems. This critical analysis highlights the extremism of Swiftian satire and its off-the-page menaces.

 

Author: Higgins, Ian

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