Profession: Author, Poet and Satirist
Why Famous: 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".
- 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
- "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."