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Jonathan Swift

Nonfiction: Biography / History
Unabridged   31.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/03/2017

Washington Post Notable Book
LA Times Best Books 2017
Kirkus Best NonFiction of 2017

Jonathan Swift

The Reluctant Rebel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684451
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684468


A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, by a "vivid, ardent, and engaging" author (New York Times Book Review).

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Jonathan Swift's world-famous books―from Gulliver's Travels to A Modest Proposal―are unparalleled in their piercing critique of modern society. Half-orphaned, a Dubliner by birth, but a man who would always insist he was English, Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was a figure of great contradictions. An essayist, political pamphleteer, poet, and cleric who became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Swift satirized the powerful but aspired to political greatness, mocked men's vanity but held himself in high esteem, and was a religious moralizer famed for his malice―a man sharply aware of humanity's flaws, but no less susceptible to them.

At once a revealing biography of a life that encompasses writing on religion, class, sex, power, and poverty and a portrait of the foremost political writer of his day, Jonathan Swift draws a vivid and nuanced account of an extraordinary man and a turbulent period of history.


"Listeners will enjoy the excitement and intrigue of Swift's world while also appreciating Perkins's matter-of-fact delivery.” —AudioFile

"Derek Perkins's reading style brings the detailed material to life. His tone is somber, suggesting gravitas when appropriate, and temperate, suggesting irony and humor where needed." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Read by Derek Perkins . . . Swift's voice and personality are clearly presented in his prose, poetry, and letters. Both the book and its narration are highly praised and recommended." —Sound Commentary Starred Review

"[An] excellent literary biography . . . stellar prose, a firm narrative grip and nuanced historical and literary readings." —New York Times

Author Bio

John Stubbs studied English at Oxford and Renaissance literature at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate. His book John Donne was awarded the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award and was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. John lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.