Synopses & Reviews
Sir Leslie Stephen (1832-1904) came from a distinguished family of politicians, jurists and writers, and was the father of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. His literary career began with writing about his great passion, the Alps, and he became a noted author and critic, and the first editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. He was a friend of John Morley (1838-1923), the general editor of English Men of Letters, who commissioned him to write three biographies for the first series, on Swift, Pope and Johnson. Stephen is very interested in the family connections and history of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the great satirist and moralist, and he blends direct sources with general conclusions in an informal style which makes the work (first published in 1882) of continuing interest today. Stephen's Sketches from Cambridge, published anonymously in 1865, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
Part history, part literary critique, Stephen's 1882 biography investigates the forces that shaped one of Ireland's greatest authors.
Part history, part literary critique, Sir Leslie Stephen's 1882 biography examines the significant people and places of Swift's life together with his works. Attending to the forces that shaped one of Ireland's greatest authors, Stephen investigates his subject's family and connections as he blends facts with general reflections.
Table of Contents
1. Early years; 2. Moor Park and Kilroot; 3. Early writings; 4. Laracor and London; 5. The Harley administration; 6. Stella and Vanessa; 7. Wood's Halfpence; 8. Gulliver's Travels; 9. Decline.