Jonathan Swift

Dean Swift

1667 (Dublin) – 1745 (Dublin)

Swift, Gay and Pope, devoted friends, formed the Scriblerus Club together with Arbuthnot, whose house the club met in; Congreve (who had been a school-mate) was also a member. Pope helped Swift get ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ published; Voltaire, a correspondent and great admirer, translated it into French. Montesquieu was Swift’s guest on a visit to England. Among other writers, Addison and Steele particularly liked Swift. He told Young, gazing at a tree, that like the tree, he’d die from the top down.