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October 19, 2012

Swift at the End

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , — Bookblurb @ 6:11 am

Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745)

On this day in 1745 Jonathan Swift died at the age of seventy-eight, after a long period of poor physical and mental health. Five years earlier, in his last note to the last person he could still make sense of, his devoted housekeeper Mrs. Whiteway, Swift admitted to feeling “so stupid and confounded [that] . . . I hardly understand one word I write. I am sure my days will be very few; few and miserable they must be.”

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