Born in Dublin, Ireland. Born in Dublin, Ireland


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Born in Dublin, Ireland.


1696: Returned to Temple’s service. Temple died in1699. Swift held series of clerical jobs in Ireland.

  • 1696: Returned to Temple’s service. Temple died in1699. Swift held series of clerical jobs in Ireland.

  • 1704: Wrote Tale of the Tub: satire on corruptions in religion and learning. Also Battle of the Books, a mock-epic on the debate between Ancients and Moderns.



1707: Involved with The Tatler. Uses pseudonym Issac Bickerstaff.

  • 1707: Involved with The Tatler. Uses pseudonym Issac Bickerstaff.

  • 1720: Involved with Irish causes.

  • 1729: Wrote “A Modest Proposal.”

  • 1726: Wrote Gulliver’s Travels.

  • 1742: Established site for insane asylum (St. Patrick’s Hospital).

  • Never married, despite lifelong affair w/ ‘Stella’.







If the laborers lost their work, there would always be other poor people to take up the job.

  • If the laborers lost their work, there would always be other poor people to take up the job.

  • There was no social security system and starvation was as common as it is in Third World countries today.

  • It had been known that some Irish people had been driven to cannibalism.

  • Swift was deeply angered and disappointed at the lack of response and indifference of the Irish people to change/improve their lives.



Irish Complacency/Inaction




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