Jonathan Swift Resources

Jonathan Swift Resources

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote some of the most brilliant satire in the English language, including his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels.

In his 1946 article, “Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels,” George Orwell wrote, “If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.” As you read it, consider why Orwell may have felt this way.

Jonathan Swift resources available on our site:

Jonathan Swift by Charles Jervas, oil on canvas, circa 1718 (NPG 278) © National Portrait Gallery, London Creative Commons License

Jonathan Swift by Charles Jervas, oil on canvas, circa 1718 (NPG 278)
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Creative Commons License

“A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift Biography by Dr. David Cody

Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift, D.S.P.D. by Jonathan Swift

Fortunate Misfortunes: An Analysis of “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift,” by Janice Campbell

1939 animated movie based on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Gulliver Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann

 

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When will you read Jonathan Swift’s writing in Excellence in Literature?

Module 1.9 in Introduction to Literature, English 1 of the Excellence in Literature curriculum.

E1.9 Focus text: Gulliver’s Travels

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The brief biography at the top of this page was adapted from A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, by John Cousin.

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