The battle of the books and other short pieces
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The Battle of the Books, and Other Short Pieces
Jonathan Swift was born in , on the 30th of November. His father was a Jonathan Swift, sixth of the ten sons of the Rev. Thomas Swift, vicar of Goodrich, near Ross, in Herefordshire, who had married Elizabeth Dryden, niece to the poet Dryden's grandfather. As their eldest brother, Godwin, was prospering in Ireland, four other Swifts, Dryden, William, Jonathan, and Adam, all in turn found their way to Dublin. Jonathan was admitted an attorney of the King's Inns, Dublin, and was appointed by the Benchers to the office of Steward of the King's Inns, in January, He died in April, , leaving his widow with an infant daughter, Jane, and an unborn child. Swift was born in Dublin seven months after his father's death.
It depicts a literal battle between books in the King's Library housed in St James's Palace at the time of the writing , as ideas and authors struggle for supremacy. In France at the end of the seventeenth century, a minor furore arose over the question of whether contemporary learning had surpassed what was known by those in Classical Greece and Rome.
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