Jonathan Swift

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4. Jonathan Swift (1667—1745) the foremost prose satirist in the English language His Writing The Battle of Books (1704) A Tale of Tub (1704) the Drapier’s Letters (1724) Gulliver’s Travels (1726) A Modest Proposal (1729) Gulliver’s Travels a collection of tales tied together by Gulliver a novel a satire a travel book a children book an allegory Satire A common form of the 18th Century, basically the ridiculing of any objects through laughter which will soften the blow The Structure of Gulliver’s Travels Book I about Liliputians in Liliput, being morally trivial and full of pride. Book II about the giants in Brobdingnag in the sense of magnanimity & grandeur, goodness & decency. ※The first two books reflect…show more content…
Other writers and novels Samuel Richardson Clarissa (1747-8) Henry Fielding Tom Jones (1749) Laurence Sterne Tristram Shandy (1759-67) now considered the best of its time, credited with the invention of "stream of consciousness". It parodies the conventions of the novel as a genre. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (1767) Tobias Smollett III. Essays 1. Background: rise of journalism The Periodical Press Periodicals after the Restoration: London Gazette in 1666 (伦敦公报) The Daily Courant in 1702 (每日新闻报) The Tatler in 1709 (闲谈者) The Spectator in 1711 (旁观者) The Guardian in 1713 (卫报) 2. Samuel Pepys The Diary 3. Joseph Addison (1672-1719) a distinguished conversationalist, a delightful essayist and poet in early 18th cent. English coffeehouse culture His literary greatness rests upon his essays appearing in The Tatler (42 essays) The Spectator (274 essays) The Guardian (53 essays) Features of his Essays uniform length miscellaneous subjects general literary level moral and social purposes Samuel Johnson’s view “Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar but not coarse, and elegant but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the study of Addison.” Quotes by Addison The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.? Man is

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