A Tale of a Tub [eBook]

A Tale of a Tub [eBook]
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”A Tale of a Tub” is a well known allegorical work and a crystal clear affirmation of Swift's misanthropy with striking religious satire on all human races. It has stirring stylistic impact on its reader due its astuteness of language.

Stimulating and thought-provoking!

Review

”Prose satire by Jonathan Swift, written between 1696 and 1699, published anonymously in 1704, and expanded in 1710. Regarded as his first major work, it comprises three related sketches: the "Tale" itself, an energetic defense of literature and religion against zealous pedantry; "The Battle of the Books," a witty addition to the scholarly debate about the relative merits of ancient versus modern literature and culture; and "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit," a satire of religious fanaticism.

In the preface Swift explains the title: sailors toss a tub overboard to distract a whale that might attack their ship; in the same way Swift's work may act as a decoy to deflect destructive criticism from the state and established religion. The 11-part "A Tale of a Tub" is the most impressive of the three compositions for its wit and command of stylistic effects, notably parody. The sections of the "Tale" alternate between the main allegory about Christian history and ironic digressions on modern scholarship.” -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature


About the Author

Jonathan Swift (1667 –1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub.

Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms—such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier—or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Limba: Engleză
Compatibil cu: iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle
Dimensiunea Fișierului: 1-2 MB
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