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A Modest Proposal


Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift the famous Irish satirist and journalist is best known for his work “Gulliver's Travels” published in our literature collection.

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin, Ireland on 30 November 1667, as the only son of Jonathan Swift and Abigaile Erick Swift. He studied at Kilkenny Grammar School between 1674 and 1682 and at Trinity College between 1682 and 1689. He received his M.A. in 1692.

After finishing his education Jonathan Swift made numerous trips to London and became famous for his satiric essays. Between 1702 and 1714, Swift was one of the most important figures in the political and the literary life of London.

From 1713 to 1742 Swift was the dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Swift’s most famous book “Gulliver's Travels” was published in 1726 and was the first serious work in prose written by the author. Although “Gulliver's Travels” is widely considered children’s book, the book is much deeper in its satirical view of the times.

In the satirical essay "A Modest Proposal" published in 1729 Jonathan Swift calmly proposed a solution for overpopulation problem and the growing numbers of starving people - breed the poor children as food for the rich people.

Swift died on 19 October 1745 and was buried in St Patrick's cathedral.

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