Title: Prose Writings of Swift
Author: Jonathan Swift, Walter Levin (ed.)
Publisher: The Walter Scott Publishing Co.
Condition: Hardcover, gilt to cover and gilt to top edge. Undated, but most likely late 1800s. Some foxing to edges. Text very clean and binding excellent.
This book contains:
A Tale of a Tub
A Full and True Account of the Battle Fought Last Friday Between the Ancient and the Modern Books in Saint James’s Library
A Discourse Concerning The Mechanical Operation Of The Spirit
An Argument against Abolishing Christianity
Proposals for printing a very curious discourse
A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Public
On Doing Good: A Sermon
A Proposal for giving badges to the beggars in all the parishes of Dublin
Hints on Good Manners
Hints toward an Essay on Conversation
A True and Faithful Narrative of what passed in London
On Sleeping in Church
A Letter to a Very Young Lady on her Marriage
Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.
He is remembered for works such as Gulliver’s Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier’s Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, MB Drapier – or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.