Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-In

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Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in covers the arc of the first half of Jonathan Swift’s life, offering fresh details of the contentment and exuberance of his childhood, of the support he received from his grandmother, of his striking affection for Esther Johnson from the time she was ten years old (his pet name for her in her twenties was “saucebox”), of his precocious entry into English politics with his Contests and Dissensions pamphlet, of his brilliant and much misunderstood Tale of a Tub, and of his naive determination to do well both as a vicar of the small parish of Laracor in Ireland and as a writer for the Tory administration trying to pull England out of debt by ending the war England was engaged in with France.
I do not share with past biographers the sense that Swift had a deprived childhood. I do not share the suspicion that most of Swift’s enmities were politically motivated. I do not feel critical of him because he was often fastidious with his money. I do not think he was insincere about his religious faith. His pride, his sexual interests, his often shocking or uninhibited language, his instinct for revenge – emphasized by many previous biographers – were all fundamental elements of his being, but elements that he either used for rhetorical effect, or that he tried to keep in check, and that he felt that religion helped him to keep in check. Swift had as firm a conviction as did Freud that we are born with wayward tendencies; unlike Freud, though, he saw both religion and civil society as necessary and helpful checks on those wayward tendencies, and he (frequently, but certainly not always) acknowledged that he shared those tendencies with the rest of us.
This biography, in two books, Jonathan Swift: Irish Blow-in and Jonathan Swift:Our Dean, will differ from most literary biographies in that it does not aim to show how Swift’s life illuminates his writings, but rather how and why Swift wrote in order to live the life he wanted to live. I have liberally quoted Swift’s own words in this biography because his inventive expression of ideas, both in his public works and in his private letters, was what has made him a unique and compelling figure in the history of literature. I hope in these two books to come closer than past biographies to capturing how it felt to Swift himself to live his life.

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Eugene Hammond is director of the writing program at Stony Brook University.

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In this first volume of his two-volume literary biography of Swift (1667–1745), Hammond (Stony Brook Univ.) offers a close study of the first decades of Swift's life, from his early years until the collapse of the Tory government after the death of Queen Anne in 1714. Hammond provides a detailed account of Swift's personal associations and political activism as well as the development of his literary career. Most significant for readers and researchers will be Hammond's careful study of A Tale of a Tub and The Battle of the Books (both, 1704) and his extensive coverage of The Examiner, a periodical published from 1710 to 1714. These literary efforts are central to Hammond's text, just as they were central to Swift's private and public face in the early years of the 18th century. Hammond places his subject's literary production in parallel with his political activity, especially his support of the Church of England. The biographer reminds readers that Swift was never rewarded with clerical advancement in England. Setting the stage for the second volume of the set, Jonathan Swift: Our Dean (CH, Jan'17, 54-2118), and marked by clear style and careful research (in evidence throughout both volumes), this is a valuable tool for the study of Swift. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. (CHOICE)

This is a remarkable book. It gives us a comprehensive biography that supplies a sense of both Swift’s daily life and the intellectual contexts in which he wrote his major and minor works. Ehrenpreis’s three-volume Swift (1963-85) was a major advance, but suffered from its Freudian psychology and unsupported claims about Swift’s sexuality, relationships, and aspirations—which Hammond politely but bluntly challenges. Hammond’s Jonathan Swift compellingly presents its subject as first and foremost a civic activist, a man who wrote to live rather than living to write. This biography is important and persuasive, deeply learned, careful, and engaging. It will be a landmark in Swift studies. (Ashley Marshall, Associate Professor of English, University of Nevada, Reno)

Since the publication of the third and final volume in Irvin Ehrenpreis’s Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age (1983), several biographies of Swift have appeared, attempting to correct Ehrenpreis’s narrative or his character of Swift, but all have been derivative and slanted. Professor Hammond has produced the first new biography that adds to the biographical record and that Swift scholars must consult. By avoiding the extensive digressions in Ehrenpreis’s Swift, and by scrutinizing and rejecting testimonies (including some by the elderly Swift) that passed distortions, falsehoods, and improbabilities into the historical record, Hammond has written the most coherent, fluent, and proportional narrative of Swift’s life, constructing a plausible characterization that most scholars will recognize as a true portrait of the complex genius and outsider born in Dublin in 1667 and buried there in 1745. Hammond’s interpretation and re-creation of Swift’s life stresses the man’s own aspirations, feelings, and values, characterizing Swift as a “civic activist” who wished “to make history, and record it.” After reading this biography, with its thesis that “Principled behavior, whether in or out of public station, was what he lived for, and why he wrote,” Swift may stop rolling over in his grave. (Jim May, Penn State University, Editor, The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer)

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