Correspondence of Jonathan Swift

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Jonathan Swift

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift

Editor in Chief:
David Woolley

Volume I-IV












The collected letters of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Irish dean and celebrated author of Gulliver’s Travels, have long been esteemed with the best to have emerged from eighteenth century England, an age distinguished for the excellence of its letters.

In the half century from 1690 to 1740 some two hundred and thirty contemporaries, in all walks of life, thought to preserve his autographs: among them were his literary friends, his printers and publishers, politicians of the day in England and Ireland, his ecclesiastical superiors and other clergy, his friends of the nobility, and closer friends and relatives. He also diligently kept many of their replies.
Together these project a marvellously animated panorama not only of his own life, but of his varied acquaintance, and the scenes of London, Dublin, and rural Ireland through a deeply interesting historical era. This entirely new edition prepared by a recognized authority presents over 1500 letters, derived from the earliest authentic texts in manuscript or print, and provides the most comprehensive commentary to date, based upon published and unpublished research of the last thirty years.

The Present Edition

The first volume of four was published in 1999 and contains the letters 1-300 (1690-1714). The second volume appeared in 2001 and contains the letters 301-700 (1714-1726) and the third volume is available since 2003 containing the letters 701-1100 (1726-1734).
The last volume appeared in 2007 and contains the letters 1101-1508 (1734-1745).
You may profit from the subscription price for each volume until the end of march 2007.

The editor

David Woolley was born in Shanghai/China, 30 August 1924, and was educated in Japan and Australia. He first read Gulliver’s Travels in four parts complete while patrolling off the Spice Islands, 1944, and has made a study ever since of the supposed author’s writings in prose and verse, in manuscript and print.

An orchestral musician’s itinerant life enabled him to examine firsthand this legacy of original documents in many parts of the world. He supervised publication of the Poetical Works (Oxford, 1967), edited a partial revision of volumes IV and V of the published Correspondence (Oxford, 1972), and (with Angus Ross) edited the ’Oxford Authors’ Jonathan Swift (1984). For the Augustan Reprint Society he introduced Swift, Temple, and the DuCros Affair (Los Angeles 1986), and has contributed research articles to the learned journals since 1970.

In 1987 upon retirement he received the honorary degree of LL. D. from Monash University, Victoria. David Woolley died on 27 October 2005.
The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

Woolley, David (ed.)

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

In Four Volumes Plus Index Volume
Volume I: Letters 1690-1714, nos. 1-300

Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 650 pp., 16 fig.
ISBN 978-1-631-34049-9 hardback (Hardcover)

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Woolley, David (ed.)

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

In Four Volumes Plus Index Volume
Volume II: Letters 1714-1726, nos. 301-700

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2001. XIX, 661 pp., 16 fig.
ISBN 978-3-361-33097-9 hardback (Hardcover)

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Woolley, David (ed.)

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

In Four Volumes Plus Index Volume
Volume III: Letters 1726-1734, nos. 701-1100

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2003. XXXVII, 760 pp., 17 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-33098-2 hardback (Hardcover)

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

Woolley, David (ed.)

The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, D. D.

In Four Volumes Plus Index Volume
Volume IV: Letters 1734-1745, nos. 1101-1508

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XX, 674 pp., 17 fig.
ISBN 978-3-631-33099-9 hardback (Hardcover)

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