A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

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Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Borkat, Roberta Sarfatt. “Moral Mathematics in Jonathan Swift's Modest Proposal.Eighteenth-Century Life 1, no. 3 (March 1975): 64-67.

Discusses Swift's estimates of birth rates and birth weights based on new knowledge.

Coleborne, Bryan. ““We flea the people and sell their skins”: A Source for A Modest Proposal.The Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats 15, no. 2 (spring 1983): 132-133.

Offers a possible source for the work.

Gilmore, Thomas B., Jr. “Swift's Modest Proposal: A Possible Source.” Philological Quarterly 47, no. 4 (October 1968): 590-92.

Offers a possible source for the work.

Greenberg, Robert A. “A Modest Proposal and the Bible.” The Modern Language Review 55, no. 4 (October 1960): 568-69.

Traces the influence of certain biblical phrases on A Modest Proposal.

Jacobs, Edward Crany. “Echoes of Micah in Swift's Modest Proposal.Éire-Ireland: A Journal of Irish Studies 13, no. 3 (fall 1978): 49-53.

Examines the influence of the Book of Micah on A Modest Proposal.

Powell, Fred. “Dean Swift and the Dublin Foundling Hospital.” Studies 70, no. 278 (summer/autumn 1981): 162-70.

Analyzes Swift's childhood sources for the work.

Ross, Ian Campbell. “‘More to avoid the expence than the shame:’ Infanticide in the Modest Proposer's Ireland.” Swift Studies 1 (1986): 75-76.

Discusses rates of infanticide in Swift's Ireland.

Additional coverage of Swift's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Vol. 41; Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vols 5, 14; British Writers,

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