Jonathan Swift Biography
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) , Irish author and journalist, the foremost prose satirist in the English language. Swift's best known work is Gulliver's Travels (1726).
Swift was born in Dublin on November 30,1667. He studied at Kilkenny Grammar School (1674-82) and at Trinity College in Dublin (1682-89), receiving his B.A. in 1868 and M.A. in 1692. In 1695 Swift was ordained in the Church of Ireland (Anglican), Dublin. He made several trips to London and gained fame with his essays. Throughout the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14), Swift was one of the central figures in the literary and political life of London. He was a founder member of the Scriblerus Club, which included such member as Pope, Gay and Congreve.