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Critical companion to Jonathan Swift : a literary reference to his life and works /
Paul J. DeGategno, R. Jay Stubblefield.
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New York : Facts on File, c2006.
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vi, 474 p. : ill.
ISBN
0816050937 (acid-free paper)
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New York : Facts on File, c2006.
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0816050937 (acid-free paper)
contents note
Biography of Swift -- Works A-Z -- Related entries -- Appendices.
catalogue key
6069634
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Paul J. deGategno is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware R. Jay Stubblefield is an associate professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College
First Chapter
Best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift is one of literature's great satirists. Born and educated in Ireland, Swift became a politician and clergyman in England, where he wrote essays, pamphlets, poems, and fiction that addressed the political issues and social conditions of his time. In Gulliver's Travels, he introduced the allegorical settings of Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the island of the Houyhnhnms, as well as the term Yahoos, in a playful but dark satirical reflection on mankind. His other works include A Modest Proposal, A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, Journal to Stella, and Drapier's Letters, among others.
Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift contains extensive analyses of all Swift's major works. This accessible volume also examines his influences, including family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances, as well as important places where he lived and worked. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of literature will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Swift's life and work. Additional features include a chronology of Swift's life and bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. This volume will guide readers through Swift's fascinating life and work and illuminate his often bitter but brilliant reflections on humankind.
Coverage includes:
A concise, but thorough biography of Swift
Entries on all Swift's major and minor works, with extensive commentary on the major works, including Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, and many more
Entries on people important to Swift, including his friends, relatives, associates, and critics
Examinations of the major intellectual, religious, political, and literary influences on Swift, topics and themes in his work, and more.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-02-01:
DeGategno (Wesley College) and Stubblefield (North Carolina Wesley College) succeed in their aim of offering a "guide to Swift's works and to the images, events, and people surrounding them, as well as to the critics and biographers who have commented on his writing." Though neither author has published extensively on Swift, their previously published works on the 18th century prepared them well for writing this guide. It is organized into four sections: "Biography," "Works A-Z," "Related Entries," and "Appendices" (chronology and bibliography). This reference work compares well to Thomson Gale's Literature Resource Center (CH, Sep'06, 44-0018) and its print equivalent. Although the Gale biographies are more extensive, this critical companion provides a more in-depth critical analysis and synopsis of Swift's works. Its bibliography is also more comprehensive than Gale's and easily answers the "need five articles on Swift" type of reference question. Undergraduates will find the "Works A-Z" section most beneficial. Here nearly all of Swift's works are provided with a synopsis; major works, such as Gulliver's Travels, contain both a synopsis and additional commentary, in which the authors provide critical analysis of the work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Libraries supporting strong research interests in 18th-century literature or politics; lower-level undergraduates through graduate students. J. Novak University of California, Irvine
Appeared in Library Journal on 2006-11-15:
DeGategno (English, Wesley Coll.; Ivanhoe: The Mask of Chivalry) and Stubblefield (English, North Carolina Wesleyan Coll.) have frequently published scholarly articles on 18th- and 19th-century British literature. Their new and very accessible single-volume reference work is divided into five parts. These parts consist of a ten-page biography of satirist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745); a "Works A-Z" section that includes synopses and commentaries that generally run to several hundred words on virtually all of Swift's poems, essays, and books; a "Related Entries" section with similar brief articles on persons, topics, and places relevant to Swift studies; appendixes that include a chronology of Swift's life; a good-sized bibliography of primary and secondary works; and an index. Bottom Line The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Swift (2003) is actually a noncomparable collection of 13 literary essays and not a companion per se. Indeed, this new reference work is unique in the field of Swiftian studies and is well suited to the undergrads and advanced high school students at which it is aimed. It certainly belongs in the library of any school where Swift is regarded as an important part of the curriculum.-Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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An extensive analysis of all Swift's major works, this text examines his influences, including family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances, as well as important places where he lived and worked.
Main Description
Best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift is one of literature's great satirists. Born and educated in Ireland, Swift became a politician and clergyman in England, where he wrote essays, pamphlets, poems, and fiction that addressed the political issues and social conditions of his time. In Gulliver's Travels, he introduced the allegorical settings of Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the island of the Houyhnhnms, as well as the term "Yahoos," in a playful but dark satirical reflection on mankind. His other works include A Modest Proposal, A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, Journal to Stella, and Drapier's Letters, among others. Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift contains extensive analyses of all Swift's major works. This accessible volume also examines his influences, including family, friends, relatives, and acquaintances, as well as important places where he lived and worked. In this single-volume reference, admirers, general readers, and lovers of literature will discover hundreds of entries covering every aspect of Swift's life and work. Additional features include a chronology of Swift's life and bibliographies of primary and secondary sources. This volume will guide readers through Swift's fascinating life and work and illuminate his often bitter but brilliant reflections on humankind. Coverage includes: *A concise, but thorough biography of Swift *Entries on all Swift's major and minor works, with extensive commentary on the major works, including Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Tale of a Tub, The Battle of the Books, Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, and many more *Entries on people important to Swift, including his friends, relatives, associates, and critics *Examinations of the major intellectual, religious, political, and literary influences on Swift, topics and themes in his work, and more.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. iv
Biographyp. 1
Works A-Zp. 11
Related Entriesp. 303
Appendicesp. 433
Chronology of Swift's Lifep. 435
Bibliographyp. 439
Works Citedp. 456
Indexp. 458
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