Jonathan Swift Archive

The Jonathan Swift Archive makes available digitized texts of Jonathan Swift’s prose works, transcribed from a great variety of early printed editions. The archive is an electronic supplement to the printed Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift  (18 vols., Cambridge University Press, 2008-). Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is remembered today as a poet, satirist and political writer. He was also a clergyman in the Church of Ireland, and Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin between 1713 and his death in 1745. Although he was a prolific writer and publisher – as a journalist, political pamphleteer, historian, and writer on religious matters – the canon of his works is dominated by three famous texts: A Tale of a Tub (1704), Gulliver’s Travels (1726) and A Modest Proposal (1729). Many commentators consider them to be the supreme expressions of the satirical mode in the English language.

This website makes available a searchable, digitized collection of texts from Swift’s prose from a great variety of early editions. In August 2015, about 300 texts were included (more will be added in the future). These were only printed works, and did not include Swift’s poetical works.

Works can be browsed by short title, by publisher and printer, or by year. It is also possible to do a free text search or a work search. Texts are shown as documentary transcriptions of Swift’s writings as they appear in their original printed editions. It is also possible to compare two different editions of the same work.

The Jonathan Swift Archive project was established in 2004, supported by a major five-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project is a collaboration between Keele University (host institution) and the University of Oxford, with technical consultancy from the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College, London.

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