By Alan Downie
First released in 1984, this biography offers an account of Jonathan Swift’s political rules and offers a severe statement on his significant works. With its emphasis on speedy as a political author, the identify bargains a revision of the existing view of Swift’s politics and its software within the research of his works. Alan Downie argues that during phrases of the get together politics of the day rapid is neither a Whig nor Tory. fast considered himself as an ‘Old Whig’, and stated he was once ‘of the outdated Whig rules, with out the fashionable articles and refinements’. Downie indicates how Swift’s writings constantly make political issues approximately society’s deviation from an excellent. As Swift’s perspectives on morality, faith and politics are so heavily associated, an figuring out of his political principles is essential; this reissue presents a close research of this element of Swift’s writings and perspectives, and as such should be of serious curiosity to any scholars studying his satire.
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