Thames & Hudson, 1975, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine, First Edition
Forty years ago, when young, A. L. Rowse first contemplated writing a life of Swift; now, in the mature reflections of a great scholar, we have a major biography, at once hugely readable, highly instructive and acutely relevant to our time. Swift's long life - he was born in 1667 and died in 1745 provides a superb picture of the period, in which all the great issues, political and religious, social and intellectual, are vividly represented. The masterpiece of his early career, �A Tale of a Tub�, proved a time-bomb that showed he cared more for literary fame even than preferment in church or state. From first to last he was a writer, true to his own genius - a genius that found its fullest expression in �Gulliver's Travels�: the most penetrating satire written upon human society and upon man himself. Here, as elsewhere, we see how Swift speaks, in the most direct and prophetic way, to our own society. This is a wise biography, but not a solemn one: Dr Rowse does not neglect the intimate revelations of the extraordinary Journal, Swift suffering, swimming, joking with his numerous friends, male and female, picking the coals off his fire as he goes to bed. Above all, he has perceived something new about Swift's relationships with Stella and Vanessa - the contrast of social class, with feelings of security and affection for one, deference, embarrassment, suppressed passion towards the other; and love, his own kind of love, rational and controlled, for both. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 240 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is in as new condition, apart from normal shop shelf wear - contains no tears or chips or other damage. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Previous owner's name & address in ink to fep.. Gilt titles spine with gilt publisher's device to front. grey cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings & photo's.. Includes index & suggestions for further reading. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Irish Writers; Irish Literature; Politics & Government; 18th century; Literature & Literary. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3989.