The Works of Dean Swift: Embracing Gulliver's Travels, Tale of a Tub, Battle of the Books, Etc. With a Life of the Author

Leavitt & Allen
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Leavitt & Allen
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Dec 31, 1854
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310
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Jonathan Swift, the essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric, is widely regarded as the foremost prose satirist of the English language, whose satirical novel ‘Gulliver's Travels’ remains one of the most enduring classics of English literature. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Jonathan Swift, with numerous illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Swift's life and works
* Concise introductions to the satires and other works
* Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* GULLIVER’S TRAVELS is illustrated with contemporary illustrations
* Provides both the adapted 1726 and the authoritative 1735 versions of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS
* Rare satires appearing for the first time in digital print
* An exhaustive offering of political, religious and journalism works
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
* Easily locate the poems you want to read
* Includes Swift's letters to ‘Stella’ - spend hours exploring the author’s personal correspondence
* Features two biographies - discover Swift's literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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Please note: some obscure poems cannot appear in this eBook, being the result of more recent scholarship and so protected by copyright. Once these works enter the public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.

CONTENTS:

The Satires
A TALE OF A TUB
THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
THE BICKERSTAFF-PARTRIDGE PAPERS
THE SWEARER’S BANK
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1726
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1735
A MODEST PROPOSAL
AN EXAMINATION OF CERTAIN ABUSES
A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF GENTEEL AND INGENIOUS CONVERSATION
DIRECTIONS TO SERVANTS
MINOR SATIRES

The Sermons
THREE SERMONS
BROTHERLY LOVE AND OTHER SERMONS

Other Religious Works
LIST OF RELIGIOUS WORKS

The Political Works
DRAPIER’S LETTERS
LIST OF POLITICAL WORKS

The Historical Works
THE HISTORY OF THE FOUR LAST YEARS OF THE QUEEN
AN ABSTRACT OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND
REMARKS ON THE CHARACTERS OF THE COURT OF QUEEN ANNE
REMARKS ON LORD CLARENDON’S “HISTORY OF THE REBELLION”
REMARKS ON BISHOP BURNET’S “HISTORY OF HIS OWN TIME”
NOTES ON THE “FREEHOLDER”

The Journalism
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE TATLER’
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE EXAMINER’
CONTRIBUTION TO ‘THE SPECTATOR’
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE INTELLIGENCER’

The Poetry Collection
THE POEMS OF JONATHAN SWIFT

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Memoir
A JOURNAL TO STELLA

The Biographies
SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF DR. JONATHAN SWIFT by R. Phillips
DEAN SWIFT by James McGee
A Modest Proposal is a satirical essay written and published by Jonathan Swift. Swift suggests that the 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. Swift goes to great lengths to support his argument, including a list of possible preparation styles for the children, and calculations showing the financial benefits of his suggestion. He uses methods of argument throughout his essay which lampoon the then-influential William Petty and the social engineering popular among followers of Francis Bacon. These lampoons include appealing to the authority of "a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London" and "the famous Psalmanazar, a native of the island Formosa." 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, so that the reader is unprepared for the surprise of Swift's solution when he states, "A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout." Readers unacquainted with its reputation as a satirical work often do not immediately realize that Swift was not seriously proposing cannibalism and infanticide. The satirical element of the pamphlet is often only understood after the reader notes the allusions made by Swift to the attitudes of landlords, such as the following: "I grant this food may be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for Landlords, who as they have already devoured most of the Parents, seem to have the best Title to the Children." Swift extends the conceit to get in a few jibes at England’s mistreatment of Ireland, noting that "For this kind of commodity will not bear exportation, and flesh being of too tender a consistence, to admit a long continuance in salt, although perhaps I could name a country, which would be glad to eat up our whole nation without it."
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