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Damrosch, Leopold, author
Jonathan Swift : his life and his world / Leo Damrosch
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
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 4th Floor  PR3726 .D27 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745
Subject(s) Authors, Irish -- 18th century -- Biography
Physical Description ix, 573 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Prologue -- Beginnings -- A patron and two mysteries -- "Long choosing, and beginning late" -- Moor Park once more -- The village and the castle -- London -- "A very positive young man " -- The scandalous Tub -- Swift and God -- First fruits -- The war and the Whigs -- Swift the Londoner -- At the summit -- The Journal to Stella --- Enter Vanessa -- Tory triumph -- Tory collapse -- Reluctant Dubliner -- Political peril -- The Irish countryside -- stella -- Vanessa in Ireland -- National hero -- The astonishing Travels -- Gulliver in England -- Disillusionment and loss -- Frustrated patroio -- Swift among the women -- The disgusting poems -- Waiting for the end -- Chronology -- List of abbreviations -- Notes -- Illustration credits -- Index
Summary Leo Damrosch draws on discoveries made over the past thirty years to tell the story of Swift's life anew. Probing holes in the existing evidence, he takes seriously some daring speculations about Swift's parentage, love life, and various personal relationships and shows how Swift's public version of his life--the one accepted until recently--was deliberately misleading. Swift concealed aspects of himself and his relationships, and other people in his life helped to keep his secrets. . Assembling suggestive clues, Damrosch re-narrates the events of Swift's life while making vivid the scents, sounds, and smells of his English and Irish surroundings.Through his own words and those of a wide circle of friends, a complex Swift emerges: a restless, combative, empathetic figure, a man of biting wit and powerful mind, and a major figure in the history of world letters
NOTE 531506
Series Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history

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