Which Texts Did Jonathan Swift Author?


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Jonathan Swift was a prolific writer who wrote famous works such as the novel "Gulliver's Travels," published in 1726, and the satirical essay "A Modest Proposal," written in 1729. His first major work written in prose was the humorously critical "A Tale of a Tub," which was published in 1704, and there have been several complete volumes of Swift's correspondence and verse poetry published since his death in 1745.

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Swift was born in 1667, and lived primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Swift's style is characterized by a satirical critique of politics and other social issues contemporary to his day.

Although best known for "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," Swift's total catalog of works is extensive and includes a variety of styles including essays, pamphlets, personal correspondence, verse poetry, sermons and expostulations on topics such as history. Some titles of his work include "The Battle of the Books," "Meditation on a Broomstick," "The Public Spirit of the Whigs," "Draiper Letters" and "The Lady's Dressing Room." Swift often published under a pseudonym; the original publication of "Gulliver's Travels," considered to be Swift's major work, was published under the name Lemuel Gulliver.

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