Swift Jonathan 1667 - 1745 (78)

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Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was an Irish writer, political essayist and clergyman; he was born on November 30, 1667 in Dublin. His father had left England after they lost their fortune during the English Civil War while his mother returned to England shortly after his birth. Little Jonathan was taken care of by his uncle who made sure he got a good education. After finishing the University of Dublin, in 1688, he went to England tomeet his mother; she found him a position as secretary to a diplomat. He tried to make a political career but without much success.

In 1692 he took a master's degree at Oxford and was appointed a priest of the Church of Ireland. In 1713 he became protopresbyter and alongside with his ecclesiastical duties, he wrote articles on political issues, stories, satirical texts and novels. His best work is: "Gulliver's Travels", a satire and criticism of society. Swift was criticized for his relationship with two much younger women and as he was growing up, he suffered from Ménière's syndrome, which led many to believe he was insane. He died on October 19, 1745.