A rich and riveting portrait of the man who wrote Gulliver's Travels.
Jonathan Swift's world-famous works - from Gulliver's Travels to A Modest Proposal - are unparalleled in their piercing critique of modern society. But Jonathan Swift was a man of great contradictions: a man who satirized the powerful but aspired to political greatness, who mocked men's vanity but held himself in high esteem, a religious moralizer famed for his malice - a man sharply aware of humanity's flaws, but no less susceptible to them.
As with his massively acclaimed biography of John Donne, John Stubbs paints a vivid portrait of an extraordinary man and a turbulent period of English and Irish history.
“In this superb biography, Stubbs succeeds in enabling us to understand the complexities and character of this greatest of writers”
“Fine and sensitive. Stubbs succeeds in offering something delicate, subtle and new”
Ruth Scurr, Financial Times
“Stubbs is an ideal guide to the tortuous ins and outs of Swift's time, and their effects on his writing”
“Splendid, outstanding, deeply sympathetic, by turns elegant, racy, allusive”