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Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734   By: (1667-1745)

Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734 by Jonathan Swift

In "Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift: Irish Tracts, 1720 to 1734" by Jonathan Swift, readers are presented with a collection of insightful and thought-provoking works that provide a window into the historical and social context of Ireland during one of its most turbulent periods.

Throughout the book, Swift displays his exceptional wit, satire, and political acumen. He tackles various themes, addressing the injustices and struggles faced by the Irish people at the hands of the British ruling class. Swift's profound understanding of the socio-political landscape of 18th-century Ireland is evident in his meticulous observations and razor-sharp commentary.

One of the standout tracts in the collection is "A Modest Proposal." In this influential piece, Swift proposes a shocking solution to the poverty and overpopulation issues in Ireland. Although his proposal is intended to be a satirical critique of the indifference of British authorities towards the Irish population, it serves as a powerful commentary on the deplorable conditions endured by the Irish peasants.

Another notable work is "Drapier's Letters," a series of letters written by Swift under a pseudonym to rally against the oppressive policies imposed by the British government. Swift's use of satire and his clever ability to mask his true intentions capture the attention of readers, leaving them pondering the dire circumstances faced by the Irish people.

What makes this collection truly exceptional is Swift's ability to blend humor with a deep understanding of the complexities of Irish society. He addresses the inequality between the ruling elite and the impoverished masses, exposing the corruption and abuses of power prevalent at the time.

The language of the tracts can be complex at times, reflecting the era in which they were written. However, Swift's knack for weaving engaging narratives and his mastery of irony ensure that these texts remain accessible to contemporary readers. Footnotes throughout the book further aid readers in understanding the historical context and nuances.

"Ireland in the Days of Dean Swift" is not just a collection of works by a renowned satirist; it is a historically significant book that sheds light on the struggles and resilience of the Irish people during a pivotal period in their history. The tracts within this volume are a testament to Swift's legacy and his enduring impact on the world of literature and social commentary.

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SWIFT

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IRELAND IN THE DAYS OF DEAN SWIFT.

London: Printed by Gilbert and Rivington, Limited, St. John's House, Clerkenwell Road.

IRELAND IN THE DAYS OF DEAN SWIFT.

( Irish Tracts, 1720 To 1734. )

by

J. BOWLES DALY, LL.D.

Author of "Broken Ideals," "Radical Pioneers of the 18th Century," etc., etc.

London Chapman and Hall, Limited. 1887.

TO THE RIGHT HON. JOHN MORLEY, M.P., THE FIRST CHIEF SECRETARY OF IRELAND WHOSE UNFLINCHING COURAGE AND OUTSPOKEN SYMPATHY HAS SECURED HIM THE GRATITUDE OF THE IRISH PEOPLE, THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED WITH THE ADMIRATION OF THE AUTHOR.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

THE DRAPIER'S LETTERS 25

THE ADDRESS TO THE JURY 131

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