A Modest Proposal and Other Prose (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

A Modest Proposal and Other Prose (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Jonathan Swift
     
 

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is generally acknowledged as the finest satirical writer in the English language, and it is no exaggeration to say, as Harold Bloom does, that he is likely the most “savage and merciless satirist” as well. Although Swift is best known for his longest and most ambitious work, the allegorical fiction Gulliver’s

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is generally acknowledged as the finest satirical writer in the English language, and it is no exaggeration to say, as Harold Bloom does, that he is likely the most “savage and merciless satirist” as well. Although Swift is best known for his longest and most ambitious work, the allegorical fiction Gulliver’s Travels, shorter works such as A Modest Proposal, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub, among other important pieces collected here, are no less accomplished and in some ways are more revealing of his satirical genius. The surprising, sometimes perverse humour and stinging mockery, the complex stylistic interplay of rhetoric, argument, and meaning, and the superb ironic control displayed throughout these pieces are the hallmarks not only of a master satirist, but of a skilled controversialist and public spirit, someone intensely concerned with engaging pressing issues and affecting his audience in certain ways. The art of satire has rarely provoked more controversy and had such lasting effect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411430044
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
441,126
File size:
817 KB

Meet the Author


Born of English parents in Dublin, Ireland, in 1667, Jonathan Swift lived in a time of unprecedented political and intellectual change, and his career and writing bear the marks of these momentous changes. Although his professional life centered on the Church of England, it was his brilliance as a writer that brought him, briefly, into the center of power as chief publicist for the Tory regime. With the dissolution of the Harley regime, however, Swift was "exiled" back to Ireland, where he spent the remaining decades of his life as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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I like Swift because of his "A Modest Proposal". "A Modest Proposal" was about a possible solution to the large amount of kids in Ireland and the shortage of food. He is a social critic and is very convincing, not that I would actually implement his plan, but in the middle of it, it seems very understanding and seems like a likely solution to the problem.