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The Essential Writings of Jonathan Swift Paperback – Sep 1 2009

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  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); 1 edition (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393930653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393930658
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #468,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University. He is the author of God, Gulliver, and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination: 1492-1945, English Satire and the Satire Tradition, and Satire and Sentiment, 1660-1830: Stress Points in the English Augustan Tradition. He is General Editor of the Works of Jonathan Swift (Cambridge University Press) and co-editor, with Ian Higgins, of the Oxford World Classics edition of Gulliver's Travels. Ian Higgins is the author of Swift's Politics: A Study in Disaffection (1994) and Jonathan Swift (2004), and is an editor (with Claude Rawson) of Gulliver's Travels (2005). He is a Reader in English at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where he teaches courses on early modern and eighteenth-century literature and on British imperial fiction.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Good Collection, but Printed too Small Nov. 7 2011
By Peter - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent collection of Swift's various writings, including poetry. My only complaint
is that the size of type is too small.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Swift's savage wit and satirical hammer celebrated in an excellent Norton Critical Edition March 4 2015
By Michael Birman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Jonathan Swift is best known for having written that great satirical look at humans and their various beliefs, cultures, wars, religions and history: Gulliver's Travels. It's an often scorching look at the way we - a species Swift claimed was not a rational one but only capable of reason - engage the worst elements of our nature whenever our self interest is at stake. Gulliver's Travels is bitterly funny and funnily bitter, with its Lilliputians, giants and intelligent horses who are horrified at the way human beings behave. It is one of the greatest of all satires and a must read for every thinking person. Because of its fairy tale cast of characters, this adult satire has become a revered children's book. However, Gulliver is for everyone, with its multiple layers of meaning providing satisfaction for all ages.

Swift's other satires are less universal. Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books and the disturbing A Modest Proposal - advocating that the Irish poor eat their children, thus killing two birds with one stone - are decidedly mature works written for adults. Swift's poetry, with its unflinching look at human behavior, is also predominantly written for more mature readers. Swift's savage wit enlivens everything he wrote. This Norton Critical Edition contains all of his significant prose (including the complete Gulliver's Travels) and a healthy selection of his poetry. It is distinguished by two hundred pages of superlative critical analysis and contextual information. The annotation that appears unobtrusively on each page is helpful and the headnotes are quite good at introducing each work. For an excellent introduction to Swift's savage wit and the satirical hammer that he always wields effectively, this Norton Critical Edition is a solid and reasonably comprehensive choice.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jonathan Swift is a master Jan. 29 2014
By lemahast - Published on
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I bought it to reread "A Modest Proposal" (read it in college) and enjoyed reading the rest of the book very much.