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Bloom asserts that Jonathan Swift has proven to be the most savage and merciless satirist and ironist in the history of Western literature. Swift attacks 18thcentury institutional abuses of religion, politics, science, war, and commerce in brilliant works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, and A Modest Proposal. His criticisms of man often provoke accusations of misanthropy. This title, Jonathan Swift, part of Chelsea House Publishers’ Modern Critical Views series, examines the major works of Jonathan Swift through full-length critical essays by expert literary critics. In addition, this title features a short biography on Jonathan Swift, a chronology of the author’s life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University.