Jonathan Swift and the Age of Compromise Author:Kathleen Williams Williams' work is persuasive in its corrective to the cliche of the mad, savage Dean; in its practical approach to Swift's politics . . . and in its attempt to see Swift empirically in the whole context of his works, with particular emphasis on Battle of the Books, Tale of a Tub,and Gulliver's Travels. — ...only now with Kathleen Williams' book d... more »o we have a complete reassessment of Swift's mind based on the assumption that the Houyhnhnm is not only an impossible ideal but an undesirable one, and that the real ideal lies somewhere between Yahoo and Houyhnhnm.
Kathleen Williams . . . justifies a new interpretation of the major satires on the ground that they have hitherto been considered "in isolation from the political tracts, the letters, the sermons, the sets of maxims, and even in isolation from one another."« less