Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

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National Book Critics Circle Award winner and 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Leo Damrosch explores the enigmatic man behind Gulliver’s Travels and explains why the public version of Jonathan Swift’s life — the one accepted until recently — was deliberately misleading.
Leo Damrosch
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:30pm @ Central Library

Jonathan Swift is known today as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, the classic satiric fantasy. But during his lifetime, Swift was famous as a major political and religious figure and as a national hero who fiercely protested English exploitation of his native Ireland.

In a discussion of his new book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, Harvard’s Leo Damrosch shows how Swift’s public version of his life — the one accepted until recently — was deliberately misleading.

Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature emeritus at Harvard. In May 2011 he spoke at the Library about his book on Alexis de Tocqueville.

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