Monday, October 7, 2013

Jonathan Swift

Some facts about Mr. Swift...

  1.  At 22, he mentored a girl, Esther "Stella" Johnson, which was rare for the time because girls rarely received educations. 
  2. His father died when he was rather young and his mother couldn't provide for him so he was send to live with his uncle, where he received an education 
  3. It's believed that Swift married Stella when he was rather old but the marriage was not announced for unknown reasons.
  4. Later in his life Swift developed Meniere's Disease, which affects the inner ear and causes hearing loss among other things.
  5. Although Swift was born and spent a good part of his life in Ireland he considered himself an Englishman. 
"Swift has a higher reputation than he deserves. His excellence in a strong sense; for his humour, though very well, is not remarkably good. I doubt whether The Tale of Tub be his; for he never owned it, and it is much above his worldly manner." 
-Samuel Johnson, in James Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791)

"When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy  against him"
-Jonathan Swift 

Merriman, C.D. "Jonathan Swift." - Biography and Works. Jalic Inc., 2008. Web. 08 Oct. 2013.