Jonathan Swift Archive

The Jonathan Swift Archive makes available digitized texts of Jonathan Swift’s prose works, transcribed from a great variety of early printed editions. The archive is an electronic supplement to the printed Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift , 18 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 2008-).

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is remembered today as a poet, satirist and political writer. He was also a clergyman in the Church of Ireland, and Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin between 1713 and his death in 1745. Although he was a prolific writer and publisher – as a journalist, political pamphleteer, historian, and writer on religious matters – the canon of his works is dominated by three famous texts: A Tale of a Tub (1704), Gulliver’s Travels (1726) and A Modest Proposal (1729). Many commentators consider them to be the supreme expressions of the satirical mode in the English language.