Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift: Biographical Summary

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Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift – Biographical Summary Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667 in Ireland to English parents, Jonathan and Abigail. His father, Jonathan, died shortly after his birth, leaving his mother to raise him and his sister alone. In Ireland, Swift was dependent on a nanny for three years because his mother moved to England. The young man was educated because of the patronage of his Uncle, Godwin Swift. Godwin sent him to Kilkenny Grammar School at age six, which was one of the best primary schools in Ireland at the time. Although the transition from extreme poverty to a private school education was hard, he made it easier by becoming friends with William Congreve, a future poet. Godwin paid for Jonathan, at age fourteen, to attend Trinity College at Dublin where he completed his Bachelors Degree. Swift later completed his M. A. at Oxford in 1692. “In 1701 Swift was awarded a D. D. from Dublin University”, which is one notable award that Swift received during his career (Cody). Swift’s mother, in an effort to help Jonathan become successful, sent him to work as a secretary under Sir William Temple, an established essayist and graduate from Cambridge. Because Temple was a prominent parliamentary figure, Swift was exposed to a great deal of literature during this time period (1689-1699), which helped shape his books later on. While working under Sir William Temple, Swift lived in Moor Park, Farnham. During his time living at Moor Park he

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