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Chesterton's Dickens and Swift's Drapier's Letters
It's sometimes interesting to consider books in tandem, even if the overlap between them is merely tangential. This is the only reference to Swift in Chesterton's remarkable study of Dickens (you'll have to wait for it a little, since what precedes it is crucial to Chesterton's argument and mine--nicely expressed too, which is always a bonus):
The optimist is a better reformer than the pessimist; and the man who
believes life to be excellent is t ...more
Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published al ...moreMore about Jonathan Swift...