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There has long been a need for an accessible, comprehensive—and affordable—single-volume life of Swift. This thoughtful, judicious biography promises to fill that need for our generation.
Few author’s reputations have fluctuated as wildly as Jonathan Swift’s. From the beginning, critics and biographers divided into two camps—one hailing a champion of liberty, the other reviling a sadistic misanthrope. For years, moreover, an understanding of Swift’s life was clouded by legends of his madness and mysteries surrounding his romantic attachments. Modern scholarship had swept all of this away, however, giving us a much sounder factual basis for comprehending the man’s life and work.
David Nokes portrays the author of Gulliver’s Travels in his multifarious roles as satirist, politician, churchman, and friend. Combining the latest findings of Swiftian scholarship with an astute critical eye, he restores a proper balance between…[more]