Jonathan Swift pp 106-129 | Cite as

Literary Triumph in Ireland and England

  • Joseph McMinn
Part of the Macmillan Literary Lives book series (LL)


During Swift’s rambles in the summer of 1723, an economic controversy had emerged in Dublin which was soon to engage him as a supreme pamphleteer in the guise of a Dublin Drapier. This was the issue of Wood’s halfpence, which began as a legislative dispute between Dublin and London over money, and ended with Swift asserting Ireland’s right to legislative independence, while exposing the injustice and corruption of the English administration.


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  1. 1.
    see Davis, The Drapier’s Letters to the People of Ireland (Oxford, 1935; rev. bibliography, 1965).Google Scholar

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© Joseph McMinn 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph McMinn
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of UlsterJordanstownUK

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