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Author: John Stubbs Narrator: Derek Perkins Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781681684468
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A rich and riveting portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels, written by the author called “vivid, ardent, and engaging” (New York Times Book Review)

One of Europe’s most important literary figures, Jonathan Swift was also an inspired humorist, a beloved companion, and a conscientious Anglican minister―as well as a hoaxer and a teller of tales. His anger against abuses of power would produce the most famous satires of the English language: Gulliver’s Travels as well as the Drapier Papers and the unparalleled A Modest Proposal, in which he imagined the poor of Ireland farming their infants for the tables of wealthy colonists.

John Stubbs’s biography captures the dirt and beauty of a world that Swift both scorned and sought to amend. It follows Swift through his many battles, for and against authority, and in his many contradictions, as a priest who sought to uphold the dogma of his church; as a man who was quite prepared to defy convention, not least in his unshakable attachment to an unmarried woman, his “Stella”; and as a writer whose vision showed that no single creed holds all the answers.

Impeccably researched and beautifully told, in Jonathan Swift Stubbs has found the perfect subject for this masterfully told biography of a reluctant rebel―a voice of withering disenchantment unrivaled in English.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stubbs’ descriptions are vivid, and his literary analyses exacting and thought-provoking…Stubbs excels at showing how Swift became ‘the most notorious writer of his day.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One of the many virtues of John Stubb’s compendious, deeply researched, and absorbing biography is that it illuminates the events not just of Swift’s life but of the world before and around him…In this superb biography, Stubbs succeeds in enabling us to understand the complexities and character of this greatest of writers.”

    Times (London)

  • “A resplendent biography…a classic man-and-his-times narratived…Stubbs’ in-depth analysis of the vast cultural impact of Swift’s many works is impressive, as are his portraits of Swift’s literary acquaintances. This astute portrait of a complicated ma…is truly masterful. A rich and sweeping story superbly told.“

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

John Stubbs studied English at Oxford and Renaissance literature at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate. His book John Donne was awarded the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award and was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.

About the Narrator

Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. Augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents, he has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres.