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The Essential Writings of Jonathan Swift Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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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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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.