Problems of Convenience: A Modest Propsal

Author: Jonathan Swift Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Commentary Jonathan Swift, Irish by parentage but Englishman by citizenship, wrote A Modest Proposal in 1729. During the time he wrote this, there was great suffering in Ireland, and the English seemed to be at a loss as to how to deal with that problem. As the name might …

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Eating Our Own “Of Cannibals”

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Author: Michel De Montaigne I was encouraged some years back to read a piece by Michel De Montaigne called "Of Cannibals." I was under the impression that is was something like "A Modest Proposal," which is possibly my favorite piece of satire. While I would not call this satire, …

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