This selection gives a real idea of the range of Swift's writings. Arranged in chronological order, it includes not only familiar pieces, but selections from his political pamphlets, his writing for the popular press, and a sample of his correspondence.
This volume of Swift's work is unique in selecting from the full range of the prose, poetry, and letters spanning an active fifty-year writing career. The presentation of his work, being chronological rather than thematic, gives a much clearer feeling of how Swift's ideas developed and were expressed in different styles of writing. Some of the more familiar 'literary' and satirical pieces, such as "A Tale of a Tub" and "The Battle of the Books, " as well as political pamphlets, pieces for the popular press, and a good sample of correspondance, notably in his "Journal to Stella, " provides a lively commentary on the turbulent events of the time. There is no doubt that Swifts's 'certain uncommon way of thinking' inspired, teased, and affronted his own, and future generations.
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