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Critical Companion to Jonathan Swift
  • Authored by: Paul J. deGategno and R. Jay Stubblefield
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816050937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5093-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 07/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 828
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 480


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.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Paul J. deGategno is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Wesley College in Dover, DE. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Pennsylvania State University, with a specialty in 18th- and early 19th-century British literature. He is the author of James Macpherson and Ivanhoe: The Mask of Chivalry.

R. Jay Stubblefield is an associate professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He has published scholarly articles in journals such as The Dickens Quarterly and Renaissance Papers.

Reviews and Awards

"...provides a lot of useful information...recommended for school and public libraries as well as academic libraries..."
American Reference Books Annual

"...an accessible introduction for those studying Swift, his sometimes controversial writings, and his impact on literature. Recommended for high-school, academic, and large public libraries."

"...very accessible...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."
Library Journal

"...provides a more in-depth critical analysis and synopsis of Swift's works. Its bibliography is also more comprehensive [than the competition]. Recommended."

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