Vol. 2: Passman, Dirk F.

Type: Notes

Passman, Dirk F. ‘‘Many Diverting Books of History and Travels’ and A Modest Proposal.’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 2 (1987), pp 167-176.

Considers eighteenth-century travel and historical literature containing reports of infanticide and cannibalism as possible sources for Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Discusses those works either read by or known to be available to Swift at the time of his writing the ‘baby eating’ satire, as well as possible approaches to the text.