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Author Damrosch, Leopold, author.
Title Jonathan Swift : his life and his world / Leo Damrosch.
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
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 Floor4  PR3726 .D27 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description ix, 573 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Bibliography 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.
Subject Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745.
Authors, Irish -- 18th century -- Biography.
ISBN 0300164998 hardback alkaline paper
9780300164992 hardback alkaline paper
OCLC number 841557757