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Covers all aspects of the life and work of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Irish-born author, poet, essayist, political pamphleteer, and priest, best known for the satirical tale Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World (otherwise known as Gulliver's Travel). Swift is considered both English and Irish (and sometimes "Anglo-Irish"), both of his parents born in England and many of his aspirations focused on England, he spent most of his life in Ireland and took up Irish causes in his writing and is still considered a hero and patriot in Ireland. Swift was born during the Restoration era and came into his own during the Augustan period, both part of the long 18th century. Some of his closest friends and correspondents included Alexander Pope, John Gay, and John Arbuthnot.