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The Battle of the Books

Author: Jonathan Swift

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D. Laing Purves

Electronic edition compiled by Beatrix Färber

Funded by University College, Cork and
Writers of Ireland II Project

2. Second draft, revised and corrected.

Proof corrections by Beatrix Färber

Extent of text: 13170 words


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    Editions and Secondary Literature
  1. An excellent bibliography covering many aspects of Jonathan Swift's Life, his writings, and criticism, compiled by Lee Jaffe, is available at
  2. Sir William Temple, Essay on Ancient and Modern Learning, 1690.
  3. William Wotton, Reflections upon Ancient and Modern Learning (1694; 2d enlarged ed. 1697; 3d enlarged ed. 1705).
  4. J. Bowles Daly (ed.), Ireland in the days of Dean Swift, Irish tracts 1720–1734 (London 1887).
  5. Frederick Ryland (ed.), Swift's Journal to Stella, A.D. 1710–1713 (London 1897).
  6. Temple Scott (ed.), A tale of a tub, and other early works (London 1897).
  7. Frederick Falkiner, Essays on the portraits of Swift: Swift and Stella (London 1908).
  8. C. M. Webster, Swift's Tale of a Tub compared with Earlier Satires of the Puritans, Proceedings of the Modern Language Association 47/1 (March 1932) 171–178.
  9. Stephen L. Gwynn, The life and friendships of Dean Swift (London 1933).
  10. Stanley Lane-Poole (ed.), Selections from the prose writings of Jonathan Swift with a preface and notes (London 1933).
  11. Ricardo Quintana, The mind and art of Jonathan Swift (Oxford 1936).
  12. R. Wyse Jackson, Swift and his circle (Dublin 1945).
  13. Martin Price, Swift's rhetorical art (New York 1953).
  14. John Middleton Murry, Jonathan Swift: A Critical Biography. (London 1954).
  15. Robert C. Elliott, Swift and Dr Eachard, Proceedings of the Modern Language Association 69/5 (December 1954) 1250–1257.
  16. J. Middleton Murry, Swift. (London: Published for the British Council and the National Book League 1955).
  17. Kathleen Williams, Swift and the age of compromise (London 1959).
  18. John M. Bullitt, Jonathan Swift and the anatomy of satire: a study of satiric technique (Harvard 1961).
  19. Harold Williams (ed.), The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift (Oxford 1963–65).
  20. Herbert Davis (ed.), Jonathan Swift: essays on his satire and other studies. (New York 1964).
  21. Herbert J. Davis (ed.), Gulliver's Travels [based on the Faulkner edition, Dublin 1735] (Oxford 1965).
  22. Herbert J. Davis (ed.), Swift: poetical works (New York 1967).
  23. R. B. McDowell, 'Swift as a political thinker'. In: Roger Joseph McHugh and Philip Edwards, Jonathan Swift: 1667–1967, a Dublin tercentenary tribute (Dublin 1967), 176–186.
  24. Brian Vickers (ed.), The world of Jonathan Swift: essays for the tercentenary (Oxford 1968).
  25. Kathleen Williams, Jonathan Swift. (London 1968).
  26. Morris Golden, The self observed: Swift, Johnson, Wordsworth. (Baltimore 1972.)
  27. Claude Julien Rawson, Gulliver and the gentle reader: studies in Swift and our time. (London and Boston 1973).
  28. A. L. Rowse, Jonathan Swift, major prophet (London 1975).
  29. Alexander Norman Jeffares, Jonathan Swift (London 1976).
  30. Clive T. Probyn (ed.), The art of Jonathan Swift (London 1978).
  31. Clive T. Probyn, Jonathan Swift: the contemporary background. (Manchester 1978).
  32. Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The man, his works, and the age (three volumes) (London 1962–83).
  33. David M. Vieth (ed.), Essential articles for the study of Jonathan Swift's poetry (Hamden 1984).
  34. James A. Downie, Jonathan Swift, political writer (London 1985).
  35. Frederik N. Smith (ed.), The genres of Gulliver's travels (London 1990).
  36. Joseph McMinn (ed.), Swift's Irish pamphlets (Gerrards Cross 1991).
  37. Robert Mahony, Jonathan Swift: the Irish identity (Yale 1995).
  38. Christopher Fox, Walking Naboth's vineyards: new studies of Swift (University of Notre Dame Ward-Philips lectures in English language and literature, Vol. 13). (Notre Dame/Indiana 1995).
  39. Claude Rawson (ed.), Jonathan Swift: a collection of critical essays. (Englewood Cliffs, New Jeresey, 1995).
  40. Michael Stanley, Famous Dubliners: W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Wolfe Tone, Oscar Wilde, Edward Carson. (Dublin 1996).
  41. Daniel Carey, 'Swift among the freethinkers'. Eighteenth-century Ireland: Iris an dá chultúr, 12 (1997), 89–99.
  42. Victoria Glendinning, Jonathan Swift (London 1998).
  43. Aileen Douglas; Patrick Kelly; Ian Campbell Ross, (eds.). Locating Swift: essays from Dublin on the 250th anniversary of the death of Jonathan Swift, 1667–1745. (Dublin 1998.
  44. Bruce Arnold, Swift: an illustrated life. (Dublin 1999).
  45. Nigel Wood (ed.), Jonathan Swift. (London and New York 1999).
  46. Christopher J. Fauske, Jonathan Swift and the Church of Ireland, 1710–24 (Portland 2001).
  47. David George Boyce; Robert Eccleshall; Vincent Geoghegan (eds.), Political discourse in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Ireland. (Basingstoke and New York 2001).
  48. Albert J. Rivero (ed.), Gulliver's travels: based on the 1726 text by Jonathan Swift (New York 2002).
  49. Ann Cline Kelly, Jonathan Swift and popular culture: myth, media and the man. (Basingstoke 2002).
  50. Dirk F. Passmann and Heinz J. Vienken, The library and reading of Jonathan Swift: a bio-bibliographical handbook. 4 vols. (Frankfurt 2003).
  51. Mark McDayter, 'The haunting of St James's Library: librarians, literature, and The Battle of the Books'. Huntington Library Quarterly, 66:1–2 (2003) 1–26.
  52. Frank T. Boyle, 'Jonathan Swift' [A companion to satire]. In: Ruben Quintero (ed.), A companion to satire (Oxford 2007) 196–211.
  53. Harry Whitaker, C. U. M. Smith and Stanley Finger (eds.), Explorations of the brain, mind and medicine in the writings of Jonathan Swift. Springer (US) 2007.
  54. For the controversy of the Ancients v. Moderns between Temple and Bentley see Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21) online at
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. D. Laing Purves, The Battle of the Books in The works of Jonathan Swift D. D., Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin. Carefully selected: with a biography of the author, by D. Laing Purves; and original and authentic notes, Ed. D. Laing Purves. , Edinburgh, William P. Nimmo & Co. (1880) page 98–109


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The text covers pages 98–109.

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The text has been proof-read once.


The electronic text represents the edited text; with modernised spelling. The author's practice of capitalizing certain words, or writing them entirely in uppercase was abandoned. The editor has also modernised punctuation and, in one instance, omitted parts of the text due to strong language. These have been filled in from a 1750 edition and are marked sup resp="JS". The editor's notes are tagged note type="auth" n=""; and where he occasionally makes reference to footnotes outside the scope of the scanned text, the substance of these is given in square brackets.


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Created: By Jonathan Swift (1697)

Use of language

Language: [EN] The whole text is in English.
Language: [FR] A few words are in French.
Language: [LA] Some text is in Latin.

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