A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, by a “vivid, ardent, and engaging” (New York Times Book Review) author.
One of Europe’s most important literary figures, Jonathan Swift was also an inspired humorist, a beloved companion, and a conscientious Anglican ministeras well as a hoaxer and a teller of tales. His anger against abuses of power would produce the most famous satires of the English language: Gulliver’s Travels as well as the Drapier Papers and the unparalleled Modest Proposal, in which he imagined the poor of Ireland farming their infants for the tables of wealthy colonists.
John Stubbs’s biography captures the dirt and beauty of a world that Swift both scorned and sought to amend. It follows Swift through his many battles, for and against authority, and in his many contradictions, as a priest who sought to uphold the dogma of his church; as a man who was quite prepared to defy convention, not least in his unshakable attachment to an unmarried woman, his “Stella”; and as a writer whose vision showed that no single creed holds all the answers.
Impeccably researched and beautifully told, in Jonathan Swift Stubbs has found the perfect subject for this masterfully told biography of a reluctant rebela voice of withering disenchantment unrivaled in English.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
A Note on the Text xi
1 Ireland and the Civil Wars 17
2 Upbringing 48
3 Abuses of Learning and Religion 80
4 The Temples and the Tub 116
5 Recovering Esther 179
6 Drifting with Whigs, 1702-1709 223
7 Recruited by Tories, 1710-1714 266
8 The Phantom Academy 328
9 Small Dominions 377
10 Bursting Bubbles 414
11 Dean Gulliver 471
12 Indecency and Indignation 538
13 The Last of the Gold 586
14 Sanctuary 611
Further Reading and Reference 703