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Ehrenpreis, Irvin. Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962. The definitive modern biography.

Quintana, Ricardo. The Mind and Art of Jonathan Swift. Magnolia, MA: Peter Smith, 1953. A superb overall introduction.

Williams, Kathleen. Jonathan Swift and the Age of Compromise. 1958.


Carnochan, W. B. "Gulliver: The Satirist on Himself," in Lemuel Gulliver's Mirror for Man. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1968.

An excellent article on the ways in which Swift uses Gulliver in order to satirize himself.

Crane, R. S. "The Houyhnhnms, the Yahoos, and the History of Ideas," in Reason and the Imagination, ed. J. A. Mazzeo. New York: Columbia University Press, 1962, pp. 243-53.

This article deals with the question of Swift's thoughts on what it is to be human.

Dyson, A. E. "Swift: The Metamorphosis of Irony," in Essays and Studies. London: The English Association, 1958, pp. 53-67.

A fine discussion of Swift's satirical techniques; especially strong on Part IV.

Elliott, Robert C. "The Satirist Satirized," in The Power of Satire. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960, pp. 184-214.

Landa, Louis A. "Jonathan Swift," in English Institute Essays. New York: Columbia University Press, 1946, pp. 20-35.

Fascinating discussion of the history of reaction to the Travels.

Lawlor, John. "The Evolution of Gulliver's Character," in Essays and Studies. London: The English Association, 1955, pp. 69-73.

Monk, Samuel Holt. "The Pride of Lemuel Gulliver." The Sewanee Review, 63 (1955): 48-71.

Voigt, Milton. "The Sources of Gulliver's Travels," in Swift and the Twentieth Century. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1964, pp. 65-76.

Wedel, T. O. "On the Philosophical Background of Gulliver's Travels." Studies in Philology, 23 (1926): 434-50.

Very helpful, especially with regard to Part IV.


A Tale of a Tub and The Battle of the Books, 1704.

Satires on religious and academic corruption.

The Journal to Stella. Letters written to Esther Johnson 1710-14; published in 1766.

A Modest Proposal, 1713.

Scathing satire against the English for their attempts to "colonize" Ireland. Considered by many to be the finest satire ever written in English.

Drapier's Letters, 1724.

Swift's public, though pseudonymous, letters protesting the introduction of a debased coinage into Ireland. Three hundred pounds was offered for the identification of the author, but Swift was never turned in though everyone in Ireland knew he was the author. The debased currency was not introduced because of Swift's satirical outcry.

Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, 1730.

The Legion Club, 1736.

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