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Famous People In Literature

Jonathan Swift (#109)

Government leaders paid attention to his political views and private life. He published almost all his works under fake names. Nevertheless, his style was always recognizable and his reputation as a “general offender” was well known. The real name of this dangerous pamphlet writer, idol of Ireland, and the most talented writer in England is Jonathan Swift. Unfortunately, seventeen years after publishing Gulliver’s Travels, the famous author went out of his mind. During the last three years of his life, he almost never spoke. [7 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Their titles include novelist, playwright, poet and essayist. But they are also known as social activist, pacifist, reformer, human rights activist and humorist. Famous People in Literature examines literary giants who left a legacy of works that remain required reading in the classroom. Their writings were often a vivid depiction of everyday life and attitudes of the era. Each program in the series explores the most historic developments, significant contributions, important benchmarks and major turning points during these incredible lives.

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