Jonathan Swift Books in Order

The Jonathan Swift books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Jonathan Swift books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Gulliver's Travels

Swift, Jonathan 1726

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American ReadPart of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms and brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behaviour.

Swift's savage satire views mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves.

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Publication Order of Collections

A Tale of a Tub and Other Works

Swift, Jonathan 1704

This volume contains the three works which together make up Jonathan Swift's early satiric and intellectual masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub: the Tale itself, The Battel of the Books, and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit. Incorporating much new knowledge, this 2010 edition provides the first full scholarly treatment of this important work for fifty years.

The introduction discusses publication, composition, and authorship; sources, analogues and generic models; reception; and religious, scientific and literary contexts (including the ancients and moderns controversy). Detailed explanatory notes address many previously unexplained issues in this famously rich and difficult work.

Texts have been fully collated and edited according to modern principles and are accompanied with a textual introduction and full textual apparatus. Illustrations include title pages, the eight engravings from the fifth edition, and original designs for these engravings.

Extensive associated contemporary materials, including Edmund Curll's Key and William Wotton's Observations, are provided.

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Journal to Stella

Swift, Jonathan 1766

The Journal to Stella offers a detailed commentary on Swift's experiences in London in the last years of Queen Anne's reign, and substantial evidence of his evolving relationship with Esther Johnson, or Stella. This new edition seeks for the first time both to situate the text alongside Swift's other works, and to draw on recent scholarship on the period to offer commentary and annotation, which will place it within its original political, historical and cultural contexts.

It offers transcriptions of the manuscript portion of the letters, based on the latest digital image analysis techniques. These will represent the text for the first time, complete with his purposeful obliterations. In addition to a new critical introduction and appendices, there is also a biographical appendix derived from recently available resources from the History of Parliament, Irish History of Parliament and ODNB projects.

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Selected Prose Works of Jonathan Swift

1949

Apart from Gulliver's Travels, which is still widely mistaken for a children's book, few if any of Swift's other works in prose are now familiar reading. Many of these, it is true, were ephemeral tracts for the time, and as the current affairs of Swift's day no longer interests us, he has consequently suffered the neglect that befalls even the greatest journalists and pamphleteers.

Yet, amongst much that is now forgotten, there are some pieces which deserve not only to be remembered, but also to be read, with profit and delight, for their aptness and cogency, their satirical wit, and their exemplary expression in prose unsurpassed by any other English writer.

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Selected Prose and Poetry

Swift, Jonathan; Rosenheim Jr., Edward (edited) 1959
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Best of Swift

Jackson, Robert Wyse [Editor] 1967

Stella's Birth-Days

SWIFT, Jonathan 1967
Limited to 750 copies printed. Edited with a commentary by Sybil Le Brocquy and published to commemorate the Tercentenary of the birth of Swift. Read More

Miscellanies in Prose and Verse by Pope, Swift and Gay

Pettit, Alexander 1972
"Miscellanies in Prose and Verse" (1727-32) contained contributions by three of the leading satirists of the early 18th century, published at the time when all three were at the height of their powers. This edition contains the contributions of Alexander Pope, Jonathon Swift and John Gay. Read More

The Writings of Jonathan Swift: Authoritative Texts, Backgrounds, Criticism

Jonathan Swift 1973

This volume contains the complete and definitive texts of virtually all of Swift's major works, as well as a generous selection of his poetry and other writings. Included are Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, The Battel of the Books, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, numerous essays and other prose pieces, and poems, among them several that are rarely reprinted.

All of the texts are scrupulously edited and annotated. Backgrounds includes correspondence between Swift and members of his circle and observations by his contemporaries. Criticism offers evaluations by Norman O. Brown, Samuel Holt Monk, Allan Bloom, Nigel Dennis, Edward W.

Rosenheim, Jr., A. E. Dyson, William Frost, C. J. Rawson, Kathleen Williams, Martin Price, Robert M. Adams, and Jay Arnold Levine. An Annotated Bibliography guides the reader to important works for further study.

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Jonathan Swift, the Complete Poems

Swift, Jonathan 1983

In this complete edition of Swift's poems, Professor Pat Rogers has re-established the texts by reference to the manuscripts and early editions. He has modernized the spelling and included several poems collected for the first time. The notes, which take account of recent scholarship, explicate Swift's meaning more comprehensively.

This volume also contains a Biographical Dictionary of Swift's comtemporaries.

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Jonathan Swift: A Critical Edition of the Major Works

Swift, Jonathan 1984
The numerous selections in this volume give, for the first time, a true idea of the range of Swift's writing over half a century. Besides many familiar works, the editors have included correspondence, political pamphlets, poetry, a sermon, and pieces for the popular press. Read More

Major Works

Swift, Jonathan 2003

This authoritative edition brings together a unique selection from the full range of Swift's fifty-year career--prose, poetry, and letters--to give the essence of his work and thinking. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is best known as the author of Gulliver's Travels, which alone would have secured his place in the history of English literature.

But in addition to this classic fictional satire, Swift wrote numerous works concerning politics, religion, and Ireland, some savage, others humorous, all suffused with his tremendous wit and inventiveness. This anthology includes satirical works such as A Tale of a Tub and The Battle of the Books, political pamphlets, pieces for the popular press, poems, and a generous selection from Swift's correspondence.

Presented chronologically, the anthology offers a new and clearer awareness of the unity as well as the complexity of Swift's vision, and the powerful bonds between disparate pieces.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Publication Order of Chapbooks

Cadenus And Vanessa

Swift, Jonathan 2010

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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Baucis and Philemon

Swift, Jonathan 2017

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.

This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc.

Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Battle of the Books

Swift, Jonathan 1704

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works

Jonathan Swift 1729

The originality, concentrated power and "fierce indignation" of his satirical writing have earned Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) a reputation as the greatest prose satirist in English language. Gulliver's Travels is, of course, his world-renowned masterpiece in the genre; however, Swift wrote other, shorter works that also offer excellent evidence of his inspired lampoonery.

Perhaps the most famous of these is "A Modest Proposal," in which he straight-facedly suggests that Ireland could solve its hunger problems by using its children for food. Also included in this collection are "The Battle of the Books," "A Meditation upon a Broomstick," "A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit," and "An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity in England.

" This inexpensive edition will certainly be welcomed by teachers and students of English literature, but its appeal extends to any reader who delights in watching a master satirist wield words as weapons.

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Directions to Servants

Swift, Jonathan 1731

Directions to Servants is one of Jonathan Swift’s last completed works. It displays all his caustic skill as a satirist and his unerring eye for the little annoyances of life. Taking the form of a handbook of manners, and addressed to each servant individually, Directions to Servants is the ultimate upstairs/downstairs battle.

With scathing wit, Swift pits master against servant in an endless struggle for order, frugality, and the best bits of the roast. His servants are lazy, profligate, and acquisitive?always on the lookout for a shilling to be made on the sale of leftovers, or a half-bottle of wine to share with the cook.

Written in Swift’s final years of sanity, Directions to Servants is a last hilarious outpouring of cynicism at a lifetime’s accumulation of poor service. Irish clergyman and satirist Jonathan Swift is best remembered for his philosophical parody Gulliver’s Travels.

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Polite Conversation

Jonathan Swift 1738

A companion piece to the popular Directions to Servants, Polite Conversation is a witty, brilliantly conceived treatise on manners and small talk from the master of English satire. Beginning with an "expert" introduction to the perils of ill-educated discourse, Swift seeks to offer a remedy for conversational disasters.

His aim: to ensure one is always equipped with the correct response, no matter the situation, and the means with which to stoke up conversation when it lapses into awkward silence. To prove his theses, he then proffers three mock dialogues, citing the drawing room as the most suitable place to display the art of elegant and polite conversation.

The result is a hilarious and deeply ironic analysis that is as relevant today as when it was first conceived. Irish clergyman and satirist Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) is best remembered for his philosophical parody Gulliver's Travels.

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The Bickerstaff Partridge Papers

Swift, Jonathan 1940

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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The History of the Last Four Years of the Queen

Swift, Jonathan 1951

Excerpt from The History of the Last Four Years of the Queen But, a: Ibewefaz'd in aflotber dzfeourfe, it two: very quell underfloor], jome yeqrf before ber majefly. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.

Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy.

In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D.D.

Jonathan Swift 1963

The collected letters of Jonathan Swift D.D., Irish dean and celebrated author of Gulliver's Travels, have long been esteemed with the best to have emerged from eighteenth century England, an age distinguished for the excellence of its letters. In the half century from 1690 to 1740 some two hundred and thirty contemporaries, in all walks of life, thought to preserve his autograph: among the were his literary friends, his printers and publishers, politicians of the day in England and Ireland, his ecclesiastical superiors and other clergy, his friends of the nobility, and closer friends and relatives.

He also diligently kept many of their replies. Together these project a marvellously animated panorama not only of his own, life, but of his varied acquaintance, and the scenes of London, Dublin, and rural Ireland through a deeply interesting historical era.

This entirely new edition new edition prepared by a recognized authority presents over 1500 letters, derived from the earliest authentic texts in manuscript or print, and provides the most comprehensive commentary to date, based upon published and unpublished research of the last thirty years.

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A Discourse Concerning The Mechanical Operation Of The Spirit

Swift, Jonathan 1970

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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Swift vs. Mainwaring: The Examiner and the Medley

Ellis, Frank H. 1985

In this edition the text of The Examiner is presented as Swift wrote it, not as it was revised for publication by George Faulkner in 1738. And for the first time Swift's Examiners are juxtaposed with the Medleys of Arthur Mainwaring that replied to them every week.

They bring the reader close to the actualités of London between November 1710 and June 1711. From the literary point of view The Examiner is important because it contains some of Swift's best work. Even under the pressure of weekly publication he was still able to achieve, in Herbert Davis's words, 'an aloofness as if beyond bias and passion'.

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Swift's Irish pamphlets

Swift, Jonathan 1990

This volume collects, for the first time, Jonathan Swift's major writings on Ireland and on Irish affairs, including the Story of an Injured Lady (1707) on Anglo-Irish relations after the union between England and Scotland; a number of the Drapier's Letters, in which he assumed the persona of M.

B. Drapier to voice his countrymen's outrage at English insensitivity in dealing with Ireland; and the astonishing Modest Proposal seen here as a satirically logical outcome of the refusal of the authorities to heed his earlier pamphlets or alleviate the desperate straits in which Ireland found itself.

Scholars of Irish and Anglo-Irish literature, students of history, and anyone who enjoys a biting, incisive prose style will welcome this collection of the best of Swift's Irish writings. 'This excellent selection shows Swift as a political man of his time, writing with savage eloquence about specific issues of the day.

.. A salutary collection that takes literature into the bustle of the public realm.' The Observer

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The Intelligencer

Swift, Jonathan 1992

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.

This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc.

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Sayings of Jonathan Swift

Spence, J. 1994
This series collects together the best-known aphorisms, epigrams and reflections of a wide variety of figures from antiquity to our own age: humorists and novelists, poets and philosophers, politicians and playwrights. Read More

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction

Colm Toibin 1999

An evocative compilation of the best in Irish short fiction includes excerpts from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, James Joyce's "The Dead," "Castle Rackrent" by Maria Edgeworth, John McGahern's "The Country Funeral," and works by Samuel Becket, Oscar Wilde, Emma Donoghue, Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu, and other notable authors.

17,500 first printing.

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