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The Battle Of The Books And Other Short Pieces

By: Jonathan Swift
Published By: Double9 Books
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Jonathon Swift initially released The Battle of the Books, and Other Short Pieces as a compilation of satirical essays and pamphlets. The title article, "The War of the Books," is a satirical allegory in which numerous literary creations are portrayed as soldiers fighting in a conflict between ancient and contemporary books. Other pieces in the collection include "The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit," a satirical essay on the state of modern philosophical inquiry, "A Tale of a Tub," a satirical attack on religious hypocrisy, and "A Modest Proposal," a famous satirical essay suggesting that Irish poverty could be solved by eating their children. Swift uses his trademark wit and cutting sarcasm to criticize various societal issues throughout the anthology, including politics, religion, literature, and culture. His work is characterized by a caustic and sarcastic tone that often criticizes the hypocrisy and arrogance of the governing elites. Despite being more than three centuries old, the Battle of the Books, and Other Short Pieces is still regarded as a classic work of satire and English literature. Its impact may be observed in the writing of following authors like Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell, and Oscar Wilde.

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Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, author, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet, and Anglican cleric. He rose to the position of dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, earning him the moniker "Dean Swift." He lived from 30 November 1667 to 19 October 1745. A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal are among Swift's best-known writings (1729). He first published all of his works anonymously or using aliases, such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, and M. B. Drapier. He was a master of the Horatian and Juvenalian satirical genres. His writing is deadpan and sardonic, especially in "A Modest Proposal", which is why such satire has come to be known as "Swiftian." On November 30, 1667, in Dublin, in the Kingdom of Ireland, Jonathan Swift was born. He was the only son and the second child of Frisby on the Wreake residents Jonathan Swift (1640–1667) and Abigail Erick (or Herrick). After 1700, Swift lived in Trim, County Meath. Many of his works were written by him at this time. Swift graduated with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College Dublin in February 1702.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 124 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9358011254
  • ISBN-13: 9789358011258
  • Item Weight: 148.8g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 7.24 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / General,Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Military & Wars,Fiction / War & Military