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Jonathan Swift

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift

Profession: Author, Poet and Satirist


Biography: Anglo-Irish author, satirist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Regarded by the Encyclopedia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language Swift is best remembered for writing "Gulliver's Travels".

Born: November 30, 1667
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: October 19, 1745 (aged 77)

Historical Events

  • 1695-01-13 Jonathan Swift ordained an Anglican priest in Ireland
  • 1724-04-01 Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters
  • 1724-10-13 Jonathan Swift publishes last of Drapier's letters
  • 1726-10-28 "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London

Quotes by Jonathan Swift

  • "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own, which is the chief reason for that kind of reception it meets in the world, and that so very few are offended with it."
  • "The latter part of a wise person's life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier."