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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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PREFACE 11 ABBREVIATIONS 15 KEYNOTE ESSAY BY THE IRISH AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY Daniel Mulhall, Berlin 17 Yeats, Swift, and Ireland’s Contested Eighteenth Century I. BIOGRAPHICAL ASPECTS James Woolley, Lafayette College, Easton 31 Swift and Lord Berkeley, 1699-1701: Berkeley Castle Swiftiana Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno 69 Pope’s Dedication of the ‘1736’ Dunciad to Swift II. BIBLIOGRAPHICAL AND TEXTUAL STUDIES James E. May, Penn State University, DuBois 85 Re-Impressed Type in the First Four Octavo Editions of A Tale of the Tub, 1704-5 John Irwin Fischer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge 109 Swift’s Authorship of “The Difficulty of Knowing One’s Self”: A Review of the Evidence Andrew Carpenter, University College, Dublin 117 Reading Swift’s Works in Dublin in the 1750s III. EARLY PROSE Clement Hawes, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 135 Jonathan Swift and the Philosopher’s Stone Hugh Ormsby-Lennon, Villanova University, Philadelphia 149 Of Late a Tabu: Newer Light on Darker Authors Rudolf Freiburg, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg 167 “But the Root is in the Earth”: Swift’s Satire on Enthusiasm in A Discourse concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit (1704) 8 Contents IV. POETRY Dirk F. Passmann, Münster 193 “The dullest thing I ever read”: Jonathan Swift and the Poetical Aspirations of a Country Squire Sabine Baltes, Hürth 209 Acclaimed by the Imperfect Muse: An Express from Parnassus to the Reverend Dr. Jonathan Swift Kirsten Juhas, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster 223 “Our mutual wit and poetry”: Prior’s and Swift’s Daphne Arno Löffler, Friedrich-Alexander-Universit...

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