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Jonathan Swift

Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet

1667   -   1745

genre: satire, essay, притча, pamphlet
country of citizenship: Kingdom of Ireland
language of expression: English
educated at: Trinity College Dublin, Hertford College
occupation: poet, novelist, satirist, philosopher, human rights activist, pamphleteer, priest, writer, science fiction writer, essayist, opinion journalist, children's writer

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, "Dean Swift". Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Drapier – or anonymously. He was a master of two styles of satire, the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. His deadpan, ironic writing style, particularly in A Modest Proposal, has led to such satire being subsequently termed "Swiftian".
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works

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Gulliver's Travels

novel by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1726

A Modest Proposal

satirical essay by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1729

A Tale of a Tub

satire by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1704

Meditation Upon a Broomstick

book by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1710

Directions to Servants

book by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1745

A Journal to Stella

book by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

1766

Drapier's Letters

series of pamphlets by Jonathan Swift

author: Jonathan Swift

Cadenus and Vanessa

poem by Jonathan Swift about his lover Esther Vanhomrigh, written in 1712 and published in 1726: Cadenus is anagram of decanus (‘dean’ in Latin), referring to Swift, dean of St Patrick's; ‘Vanessa’ is contracted from Vanhomrigh, Esther

author: Jonathan Swift

1726

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