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, and is less well known for his poetry. 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 3,344,572 page views. His biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Jonathan Swift is the 83rd most popular writer (up from 93rd 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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Among writers, Jonathan Swift ranks 83 out of 5,794Before him are Marquis de Sade, Giorgio Vasari, Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Guy de Maupassant, and Milan Kundera. After him are Knut Hamsun, James Joyce, Octave Mirbeau, Robert Frost, George Bernard Shaw, and François Rabelais.

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Among people born in 1667, Jonathan Swift ranks 1After him are Johann Bernoulli, Abraham de Moivre, Maria Anna of Neuburg, Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, Louis, Count of Vermandois, Antonio Lotti, Alessandro Magnasco, Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri, Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, James Louis Sobieski, and Johann Christoph Pepusch. 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, Ibrahim Muteferrika, Antoine Forqueray, Jean-Baptiste van Loo, Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Ernest Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and François-Marie, 1st duc de Broglie.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Jonathan Swift ranks 2 out of 460Before him are Oscar Wilde (1854). After him are James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Berkeley (1685), Robert Boyle (1627), Samuel Beckett (1906), Michael Gambon (1940), Bram Stoker (1847), Edmund Burke (1729), Francis Bacon (1909), and Peter O'Toole (1932).

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).