A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

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by Jonathan Swift
     
 

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Published as a pamphlet in 1729, this devilishly witty essay by the author of Gulliver's Travels takes the form of an economic treatise. It satirizes England's brutal exploitation of Ireland with an outlandish premise presented with mock seriousness. The notion is that Irish poverty can be corrected with a simple proposal: butcher the children of the Irish poor and

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Published as a pamphlet in 1729, this devilishly witty essay by the author of Gulliver's Travels takes the form of an economic treatise. It satirizes England's brutal exploitation of Ireland with an outlandish premise presented with mock seriousness. The notion is that Irish poverty can be corrected with a simple proposal: butcher the children of the Irish poor and sell them as food to the wealthy English.

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ISBN-13:
9781105544934
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
01/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
632,269
File size:
155 KB

Meet the Author

Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667, in Dublin, Ireland, the second child and only son in the family. His father died before he was born and his mother moved to England. His family was related to Sir Walter Raleigh and William Shakespeare.
Left in the care of his wealthy Uncle Godwin, he was sent to Kilkenny College and then Dublin University. Later, his mother helped him get a job as an assistant of Sir William Temple, who sent him to London to meet with King William III.
Jonathan earned his Master's Degree in 1692 from Oxford, then left to become an ordained priest. He proposed to a woman named Jane Waring, but she refused him and he returned to work with Temple, who died in 1699.
It is rumored that Swift was married to Esther Johnson in 1716, but she was 16 years younger than him and it has never been proven. In 1704, he began to develop a reputation as a writer, also becoming politically active.
It was in 1726, that Swift published "Gulliver's Travels," which became an instant hit, with multiple printings. In 1742, he suffered a stroke losing the ability to speak, and began to go insane.
Swift died on October 19, 1745, at the age of 77, in Dublin. There was a public viewing for the people of Dublin and he was buried in his own cathedral next to Esther. Most of his fortune went to found a hospital for the mentally ill. It opened in 1757 and still exists today.

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Modest Proposal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. we read it in school and it seems to me that this man thought very strongly for the government. obviously, but he shows the ups and downs of the government and exctly how he feels about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello? FINNY?? DAVID??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry guys i got busy in rl
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the actual book. I purchased it in Nook format. Seriously disappointed. 22 pages & it's just an overview. It's only a buck but that's crap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to see pundits were just as entertaining in the 1700 's as they are now
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AldenteJH More than 1 year ago
This book has a shocking overture to it and had my head spinning by page five with the disolutions ofnthis man...amazing book one for parties!
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