Jonathan Swift

Standard Name: Swift, Jonathan


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Anthologization Sarah, Lady Pennington
An Unfortunate Mother's Advice to her Absent Daughters quickly became a staple of composite volumes directed toward young women's conduct. At Edinburgh a volume of this kind, Instructions for a Young Lady, in every sphere...
Dedications Mary Barber
Swift dated his dedication of MB 's Poems, written on her behalf, to Lord Orrery .
Barber, Mary et al. Poems on Several Occasions. C. Rivington.
Education Caroline Clive
CC 's education took place at home.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
At about fourteen she was studying music, drawing, French, possibly German, Latin, Greek, history, geography, and mathematics. She became fluent in French and later took great pleasure in...
Education Frances Reynolds
FR denied that she knew Latin, yet she used Latin tags in her letters. As an adult she worked persistently at self-education. Her commonplace-book contains her reading notes on Plato , Aristotle , Pliny ,...
Education Linda Villari
During the time she spent at her great-aunt's house in Croydon, LV 's novel suggests she was taught at home by a family governess, a close friend of her mother, identified there as Miss...
Education Jean Rhys
At a very young age, JR imagined that God was a book. She was so slow to read that her parents were concerned, but then suddenly found herself able to read even the longer words...
Education Alice Walker
On her own the child AW was always reading. At eight she identified in someone else's house a photograph of Booker T. Washington —and asked, Why don't you give it to me, please?
White, Evelyn. Alice Walker. A Life. Norton.
Education Dorothy Wellesley
She also furthered her own education by early-morning visits to the library, sometimes permitted though sometimes stopped, during which she read everything I could lay hands on, including Tennyson , Matthew Arnold , Swift 's...
Education William Congreve
WC attended Trinity College , Dublin, where he was a fellow-student of Swift . Back in England he became a law student at the Middle Temple , but soon drifted away from the law towards a literary life.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Family and Intimate relationships Sylvia Plath
At Cambridge she met Ted Hughes , a British poet and fellow-student: his first passionate note to her is dated March 1956. In later letters he used an insistent baby-talk perhaps modelled on the Journal...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Griffith
Her father, Thomas Griffith , was an actor, and manager of Smock Alley Theatre (the Theatre Royal) in Dublin. He became Master of the Revels in Ireland in 1729 and opened a new Dublin theatre...
Family and Intimate relationships Cassandra, Lady Hawke
The future CLH 's father, Sir Edward Turner , had the distinction of being called by Swiftfriend of Apollo and the Muses.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
He is recorded to have written a long doggerell poem, Delia to...
Family and Intimate relationships Hélène Barcynska
In her first book of autobiography, HB always calls Evans the man. Naomi Royde-Smith thought him the most savage satirist since Swift . HB at once quarrelled with Leslie about him. The day after...
Family and Intimate relationships Charlotte Lennox
William Tisdall , maternal uncle of CL , had sometimes enjoyed Swift 's confidence (if not much of his respect) and had once hoped to marry Esther Johnson (Swift's Stella).
Carlile, Susan. “Expanding the Feminine: Reconsidering Charlotte Lennox’s Age and <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>The Life of Harriot Stuart</span&gt”;. Eighteenth-Century Novel, edited by Albert J. Rivero and George Justice, Vol.
, pp. 103-37.
Glendinning, Victoria. Jonathan Swift. Hutchinson.
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Family and Intimate relationships Dorothy Richardson
Odle illustrated editions of Voltaire 's Candide, Swift 's Gulliver's Travels, Wilde 's The Sphinx, and Twain 's 1601, among others; his images also appeared in such periodicals as The Gypsy...


18 January 1609: John Healey's English version of the Latin...

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18 January 1609

John Healey 's English version of the Latin Mundus alter et idem, 1605, by satiristJoseph Hall was licensed by the Stationers' Company as A Discovery of a New World.

May 1704: Swift anonymously published, together, his...

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May 1704

Swift anonymously published, together, his first major works: A Tale of a Tub and The Battle of the Books, written about eight years earlier.

30 April 1709: The ninth number of The Tatler carried Jonathan...

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30 April 1709

The ninth number of The Tatler carried Jonathan Swift 's A Description of the Morning: a mockpastoralpoem with prentice boys and maidservants for shepherds and shepherdesses.

2 May 1709: Poetical Miscellanies. The Sixth Part was...

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2 May 1709

Poetical Miscellanies. The Sixth Part was published, including Pope 's Pastorals and poems by Anne Finch (which are placed between work by Pope and Swift ).

3 August 1710: The Examiner, or, Remarks upon Papers and...

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3 August 1710

The Examiner, or, Remarks upon Papers and Occurrences was launched by Jonathan Swift with the express intention of examining and correcting false statements from other periodicals; it ran until 1716

8 March 1711: Jonathan Swift's periodical The Examiner...

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8 March 1711

Jonathan Swift 's periodical The Examiner commented on the female habit of signalling party political allegiance by different styles of muffs or fans or beauty patches.

16 February 1712: People in Dublin feared the outbreak of Catholic...

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16 February 1712

People in Dublin feared the outbreak of Catholic rebellion in the west of Ireland.

11 February 1722: Jonathan Swift wrote: It is a little hard,...

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11 February 1722

Jonathan Swift wrote: It is a little hard, that not one gentleman's daughter in a thousand, should be brought to read, or understand her own natural tongue, or be judge of the easiest books that...

By May 1726: Jonathan Swift published his puzzling, ambivalent...

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By May 1726

Jonathan Swift published his puzzling, ambivalent poetic account of his relationship with Esther Vanhomrigh : Cadenus and Vanessa.

28 October 1726: Cloaking himself, with a great deal of obfuscation,...

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28 October 1726

Cloaking himself, with a great deal of obfuscation, as Captain Lemuel Gulliver, Swift published Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (better known as Gulliver's Travels).

22 November 1729: Jonathan Swift anonymously published A Modest...

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22 November 1729

Jonathan Swift anonymously published A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland, from being a Burden to their Parents or Country.

5 December 1734: A notorious poem by Swift, A Beautiful Young...

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5 December 1734

A notorious poem by Swift , A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed, first reached print. In mock-pastoral mode, it describes a professional prostitute carefully disassembling the cosmetics and prostheses by which she makes...

1891: Margaret Louisa Woods published Esther Vanhomrigh,...

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Margaret Louisa Woods published Esther Vanhomrigh, a historicalromance centred on one of the women Swift loved. She was an interesting subject: a poet and letter-writer herself, who pursued Swift to Ireland when he left...

October 2014: Forty years after it had become one of the...

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October 2014

Forty years after it had become one of the first five Oxford men's colleges to admit women, Hertford College marked the occasion by replacing its dining-hall portraits of male eminences with striking black-and-white photographs of...


Manley, Delarivier. A True Narrative of What Pass’d at the Examination of the Marquis de Guiscard. Editor Swift, Jonathan, John Morphew, 1711.
Swift, Jonathan. Journal to Stella. Editor Williams, Sir Harold Herbert, Clarendon Press, 1948.
Swift, Jonathan. Poems. Editor Williams, Harold, Clarendon, 1958.
Barber, Mary et al. Poems on Several Occasions. C. Rivington, 1734.
Swift, Jonathan, and Arthur Mainwaring. Swift vs. Mainwaring: The Examiner and The Medley. Editor Ellis, Frank H., Clarendon, 1985.
Swift, Jonathan. The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift. Editor Williams, Sir Harold Herbert, Clarendon, 1965.
Swift, Jonathan. The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift. Editor Davis, Herbert, Blackwell, 1968.