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Jonathan Swift

Born on 30 November, 1667, Jonathan Swift was an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs and then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, "A Modest Proposal," The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub.  Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, although he is less well known for his poetry.  Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms (including Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier) or anonymously.  He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire; the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.  He died on 19 October, 1745.

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