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Jonathan Swift: Dean and Pastor Robert Wyse Jackson

Jonathan Swift: Dean and Pastor

Robert Wyse Jackson

Published December 1st 2003
ISBN : 9781410210135
Paperback
212 pages
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Swift as a hardworking clergyman, caring for the poor, upholding a standard of decency in worship which was then almost unknown, practicing habits of prayer which he carefully concealed from the eyes of his friends - such is the theme of this book,MoreSwift as a hardworking clergyman, caring for the poor, upholding a standard of decency in worship which was then almost unknown, practicing habits of prayer which he carefully concealed from the eyes of his friends - such is the theme of this book, which, omitting the well-worn subjects dear to the literary critic, succeeds in giving a new picture of the man himself. The real purpose of these chapters is to give an outline of Swifts religious life, and to sketch something of the work he did during his thirty-two years as Dean of St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin. It is particularly necessary to do this in Swifts case, because he himself was so singularly unwilling to advertise the fact that he had a religion of any sort. At the first casual glance Swift would seem to have little interest in Christianity. It does not leap to the mind at once that Swift was a Church dignitary. Far more publicity attaches to his writings than to his Deanship. The average reader thinks of Swift as the author of Gullivers Travels and as the writer of bitterly cutting and often scurrilous satires. He does not often realize that Swift was a great Dean.