“A masterful, intelligent and elegantly written biography of the satirist, bringing together his many sides — bright wit, gloomy clergyman, petulant genius.”
Featured in LA Times’ Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Often described as a misanthrope, Swift appears in this enormous work as a more complicated figure — endearing, repellent, formidable.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
Recognized as one of Europe’s most important literary figures, Jonathan Swift’s life and pursuits are celebrated in this masterful, well-written piece called Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel. The author, John Stubbs has created a richly descriptive portrait of the man behind Gulliver’s Travels. A New York Time review has deemed his portraits as “vivid, ardent, and engaging”.
Swift was known as the ‘the most notorious writer of his day’ and Stubbs portrays the man’s audaciousness with his words. Even now, readers will be shocked at the man of his time’s daring against politics and the norm.
Stubbs’s biography of the famed man captures all his different personas, such as his role as stimulating humorist, an adored companion, an industrious Anglican minister and storyteller. He adamantly stood against the abuse of power as apparent in this famous works such as Gulliver’s Travels, Drapier Papers and Modest Proposa.
The biography showcases the good and the bad of the world that Swift disdained and tried so hard to reform. He battled hard and long against authority that sought to oppress while he tried to uphold the integrity of the church. He was a man who was not afraid to break out of the mold, to speak his mind and to share his visions. The passion and fervor in his writing moved many.
Stubbs has captured this all with this irreproachably researched and magnificently written piece. The author has captured the essence of Swift’s deeply complex character that Jonathon Swift was and illuminated the events that made his life worth telling even today. It is a deeply rewarding read.