Jonathan Swift Tale of a Tub

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Tale of a Tub

 
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and avarice, wholly intercept and devour them. To affirm that our age is altogether unlearned and devoid of writers in any kind, seems to be an assertion so bold and so false, that I have been sometimes thinking the contrary may almost be proved by uncontrollable demonstration. It is true, indeed, that although their numbers be vast and their productions numerous in proportion, yet are they hurried so hastily off the scene that they escape our memory and delude our sight. When I first thought of this address, I had prepared a copious list of titles to present your Highness as an undisputed argument for what I affirm. The originals were posted fresh upon all gates and corners of streets; but returning in a very few hours to take a review, they were all torn down and fresh ones in their places. I inquired after them among readers and booksellers, but I inquired in vain; the memorial of them was lost among men, their place was no more to be found; and I was laughed to scorn for a clown and a pedant, devo

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Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745) was an Anglo - Irish satirist, political pamphleteer, essayist, poet, and cleric. He was born in Dublin and attended the Trinity College, Dublin. Swift earned a Master's Degree from Hertford College, Oxford University in 1692. Swift is regarded as agreat master of English prose and an impassioned satirist of human folly and pretension. He is best remembered for his prose satires and Gulliver's Travels (1726) and A Tale of a Tub (1704).

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Prose satire by Jonathan Swift, written between 1696 and 1699, published anonymously in 1704, and expanded in 1710. Regarded as his first major work, it comprises three related sketches: the "Tale" itself, an energetic defense of literature and religion against zealous pedantry; "The Battle of the Books," a witty addition to the scholarly debate about the relative merits of ancient versus modern literature and culture; and "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit," a satire of religious fanaticism. In the preface Swift explains the title: sailors toss a tub overboard to distract a whale that might attack their ship; in the same way Swift's work may act as a decoy to deflect destructive criticism from the state and established religion. The 11-part "A Tale of a Tub" is the most impressive of the three compositions for its wit and command of stylistic effects, notably parody. The sections of the "Tale" alternate between the main allegory about Christian history and ironic digressions on modern scholarship. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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