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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Johnathan Swift was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He spent five years in England but returned to Dublin in 1694 after failure of his political career. After his return to Ireland, he began a life in the church, becoming the dean of St. Patrick’s in 1713. Swift also was a prolific commentator. His best-known work, Gulliver’s Travels, contains a bitter satire on Anglo-Irish relations. In his final years Swift suffered from Ménière’s disease, an illness of the ear which led many to believe him insane.

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