Swift's Irish Writings


This edition presents Jonathan Swift's most important Irish writings in both prose and verse, together with an introduction, head notes and annotations that shed new light on the full context and significance of each piece.  Familiar works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Tale of a Tub" acquire new and deeper meanings when considered within the Irish frameworks presented in the edition. Differing in noteworthy ways from the more traditional, canonical, Anglocentric picture conveyed by other published ...

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This edition presents Jonathan Swift's most important Irish writings in both prose and verse, together with an introduction, head notes and annotations that shed new light on the full context and significance of each piece.  Familiar works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Tale of a Tub" acquire new and deeper meanings when considered within the Irish frameworks presented in the edition. Differing in noteworthy ways from the more traditional, canonical, Anglocentric picture conveyed by other published volumes, the Swift that emerges from these pages is a brilliant polemicist, popular satirist, political agitator, playful versifier, tormented Jeremiah, and Irish patriot.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This splendid anthology is a treasure-house of texts illuminating all facets of the ‘Irish Swift’ and foundational to understanding the Dean’s ‘landscape.’ The book’s contents, forty plus pieces of prose and poetry, are superbly edited to produce texts that are easy to read and faithful to the eighteenth-century editions they are drawn from. All are deftly annotated to allow readers to understand the works’ historical contexts and to identify contemporary references. The masterful introduction, written in a lucid, forceful style that recalls Swift’s own prose, knits the author’s verse and prose (some anthologized here for the first time) into a fabric that evokes the Dean as the Anglo-Irish master he is finally recognized to be. Created for everyday use,  Swift’s Irish Writings will quickly find its way into the hands of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as into the libraries of 18th century scholars and Swift enthusiasts.”—Sean Shesgreen, Distinguished Research Professor of English Literature, Northern Illinois University and author of The Criers and Hawkers of London and Images of the Outcast: The Urban Poor in the Cries of London

“Once considered a classic English writer, Jonathan Swift has in recent years been increasingly read and understood as one of the major figures of Irish—as well as world—literature.  To have so substantial a selection of his writings on Ireland and Irish affairs, in prose and verse, intelligently assembled, concisely introduced, and helpfully annotated by two distinguished Swift scholars will prove a considerable boon to students and teachers of Irish writing, postcolonial studies, and English literature alike.”—Ian Campbell Ross, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies, Trinity College Dublin

“This splendid volume represents the culmination of the work of an entire generation of Swift scholars, led by the two editors, to re-locate Swift in the Irish world in which he lived and worked for the vast majority of his politically-charged life.  It brings together, in ways that no previous work does, a vast range of writings on Irish subjects, from pamphlets to broadsides, economic writings, sermons and poems that show Swift's deep involvement with eighteenth-century Ireland's colonial condition and the human consequences it brought.  The introduction and notes manage to contribute an understanding of Swift and his world to both specialists and general readers, alike.  This book should be required reading for anyone with an interest in Swift and eighteenth-century Ireland.”—Christopher Fox, Professor and Director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312228880
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Fabricant is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.  She is the author of Swift’s Landscape and numerous articles on Swift and other eighteenth-century writers and topics.  She has lectured on both sides of the Atlantic and has been a participant in an ongoing NEH summer seminar on "Anglo-Irish Identities,1660-1800," held at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert Mahony is the author of Jonathan Swift: The Irish Identity and numerous articles on Swift.  He was the founding Director of Irish Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he retired as Professor of English.  He held teaching positions at the University of Illinois; Trinity College, Dublin; Queens University, Belfast; University College, Cork; the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; and the University of Vienna.

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Table of Contents

PART I: Prose
• The Story of the Injured Lady
• The Last Speech and Dying Words of Ebenezor Elliston
• A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufacture
• A Proposal to the Ladies of Ireland
• A Short View of the State of Ireland
• A Modest Proposal
• The Drapier’s Letters (I-VII)
• A Full and True Account of . . . the Execution of William Wood
• Sermon: Causes of the Wretched Condition of Ireland
• Sermon: Doing Good * Sermon: On False Witness
• The Intelligencer, No XIX
• An Answer to a Paper called "A Memorial"
• A Letter to the Archbishop of Dublin, concerning the Weavers
• An Answer to Several Letters from Unknown Persons
• A Proposal to Pay Off the Debt of the Nation
• Maxims Controlled in Ireland
• An Answer to the Craftsman
• An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions and Enormities in the City of Dublin
• The Humble Petition of the Footmen of Dublin
• The Blunders . . . and Misfortunes of Quilca
• Queries relating to the Sacramental Test
• Reasons Humbly Offered to the Parliament of Ireland . . .
• On the Bill for the Clergy’s Residing on Their Livings
• Consideration Upon Two Bills . . .
• Advice to the Freemen of Dublin
• A Proposal for Giving Badges to the Beggars of Dublin
• A Dialogue in Hybernian Stile between A and B
• Swift’s letter to the Earl of Peterborough (28 April 1726)
• PART II: Poems
• The Petition of Frances Harris
• Mary the Cook-Maid's Letter
• Part of the Ninth Ode of Fourth Book of Horace
• An Excellent New Song on a Seditious Pamphlet
• The Description of an Irish Feast
• An Epilogue to a Play for the Benefit of the Weavers in Ireland
• The Journal (aka The Part of a Summer)
• A Quibbling Elegy on the Worshipful Judge Boat
• To Charles Ford, on His Birthday
• Stella at Woodpark Stella's Birthday (1725)
• An Excellent New Song upon . . .[the] Archbishop of Dublin
• Prometheus
• Whitshed's Motto on his Coach
• Horace, Book I, Ode XIV ("Paraphrased and Inscribed to Ireland")
• To Quilca
• Verses from Quilca
• Ireland (from Holyhead Journal)
• Dick, A Maggot
• Dick's Variety
• My Lady's Lamentation . . .against the Dean
• Lady Acheson Weary of the Dean
• Verses Occasioned by the Sudden Drying up of St. Patrick's Well
• Drapier's Hill
• A Pastoral Dialogue
• The Revolution at Market Hill
• On the Irish Club
• An Epistle upon an Epistle
• A Libel on the Rev. Dr. Delany
• Traulus
• An Excellent New Ballad; or the True English Dean to be Hanged for a Rape * Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift
• The Place of the Damned
• On the Irish Bishops
• The Yahoo's Overthrow
• On a Printer's being sent to Newgate
• Aye and No: A Tale from Dublin
• A Character . . . of the Legion Club

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