Jonathan Swift

1667 - 1745

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Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, author, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet, and Anglican cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, hence his common sobriquet, "Dean Swift". Swift is remembered for works such as A Tale of a Tub (1704), An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity (1712), Gulliver's Travels (1726), and A Modest Proposal (1729). He is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language. He originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M. B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jonathan Swift has received more than 4,293,755 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Jonathan Swift is the 99th most popular writer (down from 83rd in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Ireland (up from 4th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Irish Writer.

Jonathan Swift is most famous for his satirical novel, Gulliver's Travels.

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Notable Works

A tale of a tub
Journal to Stella
Gulliver's Travels
A selection of writings by seventeenth-century author Jonathan Swift, featuring the satirical novel "Gulliver's Travels," as well as poems, sermons, pamphlets, and letters, and including an introduction and critical essays.
The poetical works of Jonathan Swift
The prose works of Jonathan Swift
Political tracts, 1711-1713


Among writers, Jonathan Swift ranks 99 out of 7,302Before him are Toni Morrison, Erich Maria Remarque, Emily Brontë, Matsuo Bashō, George Sand, and Marquis de Sade. After him are Ismail I, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Paulo Coelho, Abu Nuwas, and Du Fu.

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Among people born in 1667, Jonathan Swift ranks 1After him are Johann Bernoulli, Abraham de Moivre, Maria Anna of Neuburg, Queen Inhyeon, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Antonio Lotti, Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri, Alessandro Magnasco, Johann Christoph Pepusch, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, and James Louis Sobieski. Among people deceased in 1745, Jonathan Swift ranks 1After him are Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor, Robert Walpole, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt, Jean-Baptiste van Loo, Ibrahim Muteferrika, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Antoine Forqueray, Nicola Fago, Christian Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and Ernest Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Jonathan Swift ranks 2 out of 549Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854). After him are James Joyce (1882), Robert Boyle (1627), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Francis Bacon (1909), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), Bram Stoker (1847), and Edmund Burke (1729).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Jonathan Swift ranks 2Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854). After him are James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), Laurence Sterne (1713), Iris Murdoch (1919), Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), and Saint Gall (550).