The Intelligencer

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In 1728-1729, Jonathan Swift and his friend Thomas Sheridan anonymously published the Intelligencer, a trenchant and often witty commentary on the Irish social and political scene in the year before the publication of A Modest Proposal. The first collected edition of the Intelligencer since 1730, this volume presents the rare original Dublin pamphlets, including full commentary and appendices based on contemporary broadsides, newspapers, and manuscripts, and a fresh bibliographical analysis of the work's textual transmission.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198126706
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Short Titles
General Introduction 1
Characteristics and Emphases 1
Publication and Reception 3
Sheridan's Life 6
Sheridan the Writer 16
Swift, Sheridan, and the Intelligencer 20
Dates of the Intelligencers 26
A Note on the Annotation 33
Textual Introduction 35
The Intelligencer, Nos. 1-20 45
A Archbishop King on the Taxation of Ireland 227
B Unpublished Contemporary Comment 230
C William Duncombe's Essay on The Beggar's Opera 234
D Commentary in Mist's and Fog's 236
E The True Character and On Paddy's Character 244
F Building in Dublin c. 1728 249
G Published Replies to No. 16 251
H The Spurious No. 20 261
I The Bowyer-Davis Preface 267
J Intended Papers: Swift's Manuscript Hints 269
K To the Author of Those Intelligencers Printed at Dublin 276
L Unauthorized Titles of the Intelligencers 283
Textual Notes 285
Conventions 287
General Bibliographical Note 288
Nos. 1-20 and Appendices A-L 298
Index 341
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