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The Writings of Jonathan Swift: Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds, Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)

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Backgrounds includes correspondence between Swift and members of his circle and observations by his contemporaries Criticism offers evaluations by Norman O. Brown, Samuel Holt Monk, Allan Bloom, Nigel Dennis, Edward W. Rosenheim, Jr., A. E. Dyson, William Frost, C. J. Rawson, Kathleen Williams, Martin Price, Robert M. Adams, and Jay Arnold Levine An Annotated Bibliography ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published May 17th 1973 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 1st 1889)
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The best single volume of Swift I know, offering GULLIVER and TALE OF THE TUB complete, A MODEST PROPOSAL (of course), and a broad selection of satires, political broadsides, miscellaneous essays,verse, and correspondence. The book has also taken exemplary care with the accuracy of its texts and contains a variety of essays about Swift's work. Very highly recommended.
I must say that I struggled through Swift. His writings, though satirically brilliant, also have a pungent bitterness to them that makes me furrow my eyebrows. I did persevere and get through the whole collection, including the critical essays at the back. One of the many articles on excrement in the back of the book explains my mixed reviews of Swift, "The Yahoos represent the raw core of human bestiality; but the essence of Swift's vision and Gulliver's redemption is the recognition that the c ...more
Sean Lawlor
"Gulliver's Travels" is one of the truly great books; It's a satire not only of ferocious wit but of truly brilliant and thoughtful insight. It not only exposes humanity's follies: It gives practical suggestions, in the example of the Brobdingngians, for how a society might be better governed.
Esteban del Mal
This anthology's lynch pin is Gulliver's Travels; what's not to love about the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral writing a story -- on the eve of the Enlightenment -- about a man that extinguishes a palace fire by urinating on it?
Gulliver's travels is a must read...and his poetry is hilarious! The piece titled A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed is downright comical and one of my favorites.
I would like to have known this guy. Every compliment I can think of seems not quite enough, and he deserves them all.
Margaret Langstaff
Brilliant We are genetically similar, though I hope my satire and parody isn't as painful for the subject
Katie Michelle
Not a fan of Gulliver's Travels, but the other poems and essays are interesting to read.
Hounynhnms. Platform soles. Eating babies. The Pride of Kilkenny College.
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I am reading a 1961 edition that is annotated only on Gulliver's Travels.
now I know where the term yahoo came from!
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