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«The first wit of the age»

Essays on Swift and his Contemporaries in Honour of Hermann J. Real

Edited By Kirsten Juhas, Patrick Müller and Mascha Hansen

On the occasion of Hermann J. Real’s seventy-fifth birthday, this collection honours a scholar whose contagious curiosity has been dedicated to the study of Jonathan Swift’s life and works for the past four decades. The contributions cover multiple aspects of the Dean’s writings as well as a number of eighteenth-century contexts. They not only celebrate the Director of the Ehrenpreis Centre at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, the Editor of the annual Swift Studies, and the convener of six international Münster symposia on the Dean of St Patrick’s, but they also pay homage to the mentor, colleague, and friend. At the same time, they reflect the enduring vitality of Swift studies, which it has been one of Hermann J. Real’s greatest academic achievements to promote.

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illustration by Thomas Fornfeist, 2013 Printed with the support of the Faculty of Philosophy, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität, Greifswald, and the Embassy of Ireland, Berlin. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data The first wit of the age : essays on Swift and his contemporaries in honour of Hermann J. Real / edited by Kirsten Juhas, Patrick Müller and Mascha Hansen. pages cm Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-3-631-63814-9 1. Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745—Criticism and interpretati- on. I. Juhas, Kirsten, editor of compilation. II. Müller, Patrick, 1975- editor of compilation. III. Hansen, Mascha, editor of compilation. IV. Real, Hermann Josef, honouree. PR3727.F57 2013 828'.509—dc23 2013019987 ISBN 978-3-631-63814-9 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. www.peterlang.de BILD HJ REAL

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