Since the first secret publication, in 1740, of part of his correspondence with Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift’s letters have become a standard source for his biographers and critics. Craig Ulman argues that the letters are not entirely reliable for biographical fact and have often been taken too literally. In this readable essay, Ulman surveys the satiric material in Swift’s correspondence, highlighting his wit. The author views Swift’s epistolary writing as very much a literary endeavor. He examines the pose and the persona and discusses the satiric methods the letters share with Swift’s other published works.
LeBaron Russell Briggs Prize Honors Essays in English 1972
Satire and the Correspondence of Swift
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Publication Date: 01/01/1973