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This volume contains the complete and definitive texts of virtually all of Swift's major works, as well as a generous selection of his poetry and other writings.
Included are Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, The Battel of the Books, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, numerous essays and other prose pieces, and poems, among them several that are rarely reprinted. All of the texts are scrupulously edited and annotated.
Backgrounds includes correspondence between Swift and members of his circle and observations by his contemporaries.
Criticism offers evaluations by Norman O. Brown, Samuel Holt Monk, Allan Bloom, Nigel Dennis, Edward W. Rosenheim, Jr., A. E. Dyson, William Frost, C. J. Rawson, Kathleen Williams, Martin Price, Robert M. Adams, and Jay Arnold Levine.
An Annotated Bibliography guides the reader to important works for further study.
Posted March 21, 2003
A fantastic compendium, and a brilliant introduction to Jonathan Swift. I'm not usually a fan of anthologies collections compendiums and the like, but for some reason i cherish my Norton Swift. Its big and beautiful. Its got the whole of Gulliver's Travels, the whole of Tale of a Tub, as well as the brilliantly funny Modest Proposal and, as mentioned above, what feels like hundreds of other writings and poetry. The thing about Swift is, his major work, Gulliver, sort of eclipses everything else he did, in popular memory. So there aren't many separate books of Swift's to purchase for your private collection - but this book shows you the plethora of other works, great works, valuable works, that he wrote, can be a collective resource which you can go to to sample his poetry, satirical writings (near everything he wrote was satirical, but i mean his short prose pieces).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.