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The Resource Jonathan Swift : a portrait, Victoria Glendinning

Jonathan Swift : a portrait, Victoria Glendinning

Label
Jonathan Swift : a portrait
Title
Jonathan Swift
Title remainder
a portrait
Statement of responsibility
Victoria Glendinning
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is an inexhaustibly intriguing figure in the literary and political history of England and Ireland. Best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels, he was an ordained clergyman whose enemies thought he did not believe in God. He became a legendary dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin whose ambition for church preferment in England was perpetually frustrated. For four short, intoxicating years he was the intimate of Queen Anne's chief ministers, as well as their publicist and propagandist - a "spin doctor" before the term was invented. His private life was intense and enigmatic. Two younger women, whom he called Stella and Vanessa, moved to Ireland to be close to him. He made both of them unhappy. Poet, polemicist, pamphleteer, and wit, Swift is the master of shock. His furious satirical responses to the corruption and hypocrisy he saw around him in private and public life have every relevance for our own times. His black imagination, and his preoccupation with the foulness that lies beneath the thin veneer of artifice and civilization, gave a new adjective - Swiftian - to the lexicon of criticism. Like his Gulliver in the land of Lilliput, Swift is a problem in perspective and scale. Victoria Glendinning has taken a literary zoom lens to illuminate this proud and intractable man. She investigates at close range the main events and relationships of Swift's life, providing a portrait set in a tapestry of controversy and paradox."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Glendinning, Victoria
Dewey number
  • 828/.509
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3726
LC item number
.G57 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Swift, Jonathan
  • Church of Ireland
  • Authors, Irish
Label
Jonathan Swift : a portrait, Victoria Glendinning
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 1998
Bar code
31223052163624
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginning -- Young -- Temples -- The ladies -- Questions -- Teapot -- Public -- Private -- Deanery -- Cuckoo and patriot -- Horse sense -- Death of love -- Wife? -- Fathers -- Filth -- Endgame -- Midnight -- Chronology -- Trainspotting: notes and sources
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xii, 324 p.
Isbn
9780805061680
Lccn
98050931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
40305685
Label
Jonathan Swift : a portrait, Victoria Glendinning
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 1998
Bar code
31223052163624
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginning -- Young -- Temples -- The ladies -- Questions -- Teapot -- Public -- Private -- Deanery -- Cuckoo and patriot -- Horse sense -- Death of love -- Wife? -- Fathers -- Filth -- Endgame -- Midnight -- Chronology -- Trainspotting: notes and sources
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xii, 324 p.
Isbn
9780805061680
Lccn
98050931
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
40305685

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