Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was a poet, satirist and clergyman. He was born in Dublin but his father died before he was born and his mother soon afterwards returned to their native England. Jonathan was brought up by his nurse in Cumbria and later by his Uncle Godwin back in Dublin. They weren't happy times for him, however, because he was condescendingly treated like the poor relative who had kindly been given a home. Jonathan went on to Trinity College, Dublin where he was an unruly student and only just scraped through his examinations.

Through family connections he went to work as secretary in the home of Sir William Temple in Surrey, and later became both friend and editor. A young girl named Esther, who was also living in Sir William's house, became Swift's closest friend and perhaps his wife. Their relationship remains a mystery: Swift clearly loved her but we don't know whether or not they ever married.

Despite the skeptism of his cousin, the famous poet John Dryden, Swift soon became known as a poet and writer. He also wrote many political pamphlets and was sometimes dubbed 'the mad parson'. In 1713, he became dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and his popularity as a patriotic writer soon covered Ireland.

Swift suffered serious ill health in his last years. He was always afraid of madness and often suffered from depression. Over the course of his life, he wrote many volumes of prose and poetry but his best-known work is Gulliver's Travels in which he turned 'traveler's tales' into a biting satire on contemporary life. It is an exciting, funny and very inventive story and has appealed to a wide range of readers.

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CS: Gulliver's Travels
Classic Starts
by Jonathan Swift, Retold by Martin Woodside and Illustrated by Jamel Akib
Abridged from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 2nd-4th grade
in Sterling Classic Starts (Location: SER-SCS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
ECL: Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Don Irwin
for 3rd-8th grade
in Educator Classic Library (Location: VIN-FIC)
Gulliver's Travels
Junior Deluxe Editions
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Richard M. Powers
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
from Everyman's Library
for 10th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
from Oxford University
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$7.95
Gulliver's Travels
Sterling Classics
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
from Dover Publications
for 7th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$6.00 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
Macmillan Classics
by Jonathan Swift, retold by Padraic Colum and illustrated by Willy Pogany
from Macmillan
for 7th-10th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Jon Corbino
from Doubleday & Company
for 10th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
Calla Editions
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
from Dover Publications
for 8th-12th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Warren Chappell
from Oxford University
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
Puffin Classics
by Jonathan Swift
from Puffin Books
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in Puffin Classics (Location: FIC-PUF)
$7.99
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
from Gramercy Books
for 8th-12th grade
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
Gulliver's Travels
Windermere Series
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Milo Winter
from Rand McNally
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg
from Heritage Press
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Thomas Morten
from Franklin Library
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift, Illustrated by Luis Quintanilla, Introduction by Jacques Barzun
from Bonanza Books
for 10th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
Windermere Series
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Victor Candell & R.G. Mossa
from Garden City Books
for 10th-Adult
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$18.00 (1 in stock)
Gulliver's Travels
Penguin Classics
by Jonathan Swift
from Penguin Classics
Satire/Social Commentary for 9th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Aldren Watson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Aldren Watson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Aldren Watson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Aldren Watson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Illustrated Junior Library (Location: VIN-IJL)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
by Jonathan Swift, Illustrated by Jo Polseno
Abridged from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-FIC)
Gulliver's Travels (abridged)
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Jonathan Swift, illustrated by Aldren Watson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 6th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Gulliver's Travels (Adapted)
by Jonathan Swift, adapted by Sarel Eimerl and illustrated by Maraja
from Golden Press
for 7th-10th grade
Gulliver's Travels / Treasure Island
by Jonathan Swift, Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-10th grade
in Companion Library (Location: VIN-FIC)
Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works
by Jonathan Swift
from Dover Publications
for 11th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$3.00
Tale of a Tub
by Jonathan Swift
from Unknown Publisher
for 11th-Adult
in 18th Century Literature (Location: LIT5-18)
$2.00 (1 in stock)