Jonathan Swift Bibliography

Preface to Letters, by Sir W. Temple and others 1700
A Discourse of the Contests and Dissentions . . . between the Nobles and the Commons in Athens and Rome 1701
An account of Swift’s own Whig principles and an appeal to both political parties for moderation.
A Tale of a Tub 1704
Written mainly at Moor Park between 1696 and 1699, and published anonymously. The book gave rise to grave doubts concerning Swift’s religious orthodoxy, however, and it is thought that because Queen Anne was offended, Swift lost his chance for ecclesiastical preferment in England.

The work consists of three pieces: the Tale itself, a satire against “the numerous and gross corruptions in religion and learning”; the mock-heroic Battle of the Books; and the Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the the Spirit, directed against the manner of worship and preaching of the Dissenters.

In the Battle of the Books Swift defends Sir William Temple’s Essay upon the Ancient and Modern Learning (1690) which, in praise of “old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to converse with, and old books to read”, had been severely attacked by William Wotton and Richard Bentley. Swift ridicules Wotton and Bentley in the famous episode of the bee and the spider, where the spider “feeding and engendering on itself . . . producing nothing at all, but Fly-bane and a Cobweb” is identified with the moderns; and the bee, which, by bringing home honey and wax, furnishes “Mankind with . . . Sweetness and Light” is equated with the ancients.

Swift published an edition of A Tale of a Tub in 1710 with many new notes, including several direct quotes for the “learned commentator” Wotton, an Apology to the Reader, as well as eight engravings. Ten editions of the work appeared during Swift’s lifetime.
An Argument to prove that the Abolishing of Christianity in England may, as things now stand, be attended with some inconveniences and perhaps not produce those many good effects proposed thereby 1708
A Project for the Advancement of Religion and the Reformation of Manners, by a Person of Quality 1708
Bickerstaff Papers 1708
The Papers destroyed the career of the popular astrologer John Partridge, who Swift wished to discredit because of his attacks on the clergy; Swift prophesied Partridge’s death and then described it with convincing detail.
A Project for the Advancement of Religion, and the Reformation of Manners 1709
A Meditation upon a Broomstick, and somewhat beside 1710
Miscellanies 1711
A collection of essay’s including the Sentiments of a Church-of-England Man and the Argument against Abolishing Christianity.
The Conduct of the Allies and of the late Ministry in beginning and carrying on the present war 1711
A pamphlet in which Swift supported the Tories, advocating peace in the War of the Spanish Succession. It appeared on 27 November 1711, some weeks before the motion in favour of peace was finally carried in Parliament.
A Proposal for correcting, improving, and ascertaining the English Tongue 1712
History of the Four Last Years of the Queen 1712
Written in 1712-13 but not published until 1758, one of a number of historical accounts Swift wrote of the Oxford-Bolingbroke administration. The History was supplemented with an account of the Tories rise to power in 1710 and an Enquiry into the Queen’s Last Ministry. Both remained unpublished until after his death. Hoblach and M.Eidous translated and published a French edition in Amsterdam in 1765.
Mr Collins' Discourse of Free-thinking 1713
A Proposal for the Universal Use of Irish Manufactures 1720
On English Bubbles 1720
Letter of Advice to a young Poet 1721
Drapier’s Letters 1724
Published between 1724 and 1725, a series of letters purportedly written by M.B., a Dublin linen-draper, attacking the monopoly granted by the English government to William Wood to provide the Irish with a copper coinage.
Gulliver’s Travels 1726
The book was originally published as Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World . . . , by Lemeul Gulliver. It is not clear when Swift began Gulliver’s Travels. It has been suggested that the idea for the book dates from the meetings of the Scriblerus Club, a group of Tory writers which included Swift, Pope, Gay and Arbuthnot. From Swift’s correspondence it is known that he was writing in earnest by 1721 and had finished the whole by August 1725. Swift had not been in England since 1714, but in 1726 he returned with a manuscript of the work designed, as he said in a letter to Pope (29 Sept. 1725), to “vex the world rather than divert it”. He visited Pope at Twickenham, where he as joined by other Scriblerians, and where he completed arrangements for publication. Gulliver’s Travels appeared on 28 October after Swift had left for Dublin. It was immediately succussful.
Miscellanies in Prose and Verse 1727
Four volumes compiled with the assistance of Pope and published between 1727-32.
A Short View of the State of Ireland 1727
Journal of a Modern Lady 1729
A Modest Proposal for preventing the children of poor people from being a burthen to their Parents or Country, and for making them beneficial to the Publick 1729
An ironic letter of advice in which a public-spirited citizen suggests that conditions could be alleviated if children were used for food.
Verses on the Death of Mr Swift 1731
Swift’s most admired poem, a partly satirical piece in which he imagines public reaction to his death, and where he then gives a deceptive description of his life and achievements.
On Poetry: a Rhapsody 1733
Poetical Works 1736
A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversations. . . . in three Dialogues 1738
Some Free Thoughts on the Present State of Affairs 1741
On the Difficulty of Knowing Oneself 1745
Published in the year that Swift died.
An Essay upon the Life and Character of Dr. Jonathan Swift 1755