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In A Modest Proposal, first published in 1729, Jonathan Swift heaps scorn on then-current political theory and reveals the appalling suffering taking place in Ireland - not through direct reporting, but through mock suggestions on what to do with the poor; they should sell their children for food. The chief end I propose to myself in all my labors is to vex the world rather than divert it, wrote Jonathan Swift in a letter to his friend Alexander Pope. Other vexing works collected here are Directions to Servants, The Art of Political Lying, A Digression Concerning the Critics, and Sweetness and Light. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lily | 2/12/2014

    " This was definitely weird. If you hadn't known what it was about it would be have been REALLY weird! Jonathan Swift writes as a persona. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula Valenca | 2/10/2014

    " Particularly interesting to read in today's political and economical climate. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Filipa | 2/3/2014

    " I only read it because of Boxall's list of the 1001 books you must read before you die. A wonderful discovery though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " I've got to say, it came as a great relief to me when I realized Swift was just kidding... "

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Author Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was an Anglo-Irish priest, author, journalist, political pamphleteer, and poet. He is primarily known as a prose satirist for such works as “A Modest Proposal.” The dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral from 1713, he was considered Dublin’s foremost citizen.