Excerpt from The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., And Dean of St. Patrick's, Dublin, Vol. 1 of 6: With Copious Notes and Addition, and a Memoir of the Author
IT is remarkable that the most celebrated writer of his day, during the brilliant Augustan epoch of English literature ¿... ourished under the reign of a queen, and that in the reign of a queen his works, after the lapse of a century, again appear in a cheap and popular form. To the system of publication which prevailed in his own times Swift was nminly indebted for the wide-spread reputation he acquired, by the diffusion of his writings through the greatest variety of channels, till by means of cheap and multiplied additions his masterly productions became as familiar to the readers of humble station as of high, and to those of other countries as of his own.
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