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Title: Jonathan Swift – Life and Works

Jonathan Swift: Life and Works, Pseudonyms | English Literature
  • 1667 - 1745
  • Irish author, clergy man and satirist
  • Trinity college in Dublin
  • Secretary to Sir William Temple, man of letters
  • Esther Johson – Stella
  • After Temple՚s death started editing and publishing
  • Doctor of Divinity
  • Started with Whig and then moved to Tory
  • 1713 – Dean of St. Patrick
  • Scriblerus Literary Club
  • 1st political pamphlet – A Discourse on the Contests and Dissentions in Athens and Rome


  • Lemuel Gulliver,
  • Isaac Bickerstaff,
  • M. B Drapier
  • Anonymous
  • Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language
  • Horatian and Juvenalian styles
  • Dean Swift - sobriquet
  • Swiftian

Important Works

  • A Tale of Tub
  • Drapiers Letters
  • A Modest proposal
  • Gulliver Travels
  • The Battle of the Books
  • An Argument against Abolishing Christianity
  • John Ruskin named him as one of the three people in history who were the most influential for him.
  • George Orwell named him as one of the writers he most admired, despite disagreeing with him on almost every moral and political issue.
  • Modernist poet Edith Sitwell wrote a fictional biography of Swift, titled I Live Under a Black Sunand published in 1937.
  • Jake Arnott features him in his 2017 novel The Fatal Tree.


Who is the patron of Jonathan Swift?

A. George Orwell

B. Alexander Pope

C. Chaucer

D. Sir William Temple

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