Befoke becoming absorbed in these wondrous adventures of Gulliver, please give just a few minutes to making tlie acquaintance of the man behind the book, Dr. Jonathan Swift, or Dean Swift, for this is the title by which he is better known. You will realize that any kind of lecture or address, no matter how fine it might be, would lose half its interest if it were delivered through a phonograph instead of coming straight from the lips of the lecturer. And this is the same with a book if we know nothing about its maker. Well, you may think of Jonathan Swift as having a very bright mind with keen sense of humor, but a sharp tongue which was always getting him into trouble. He was too apt to look on the dark side of things, as the saying is, but perhaps the unhappy circumstances of his birth had much to do with this fault. Born in Dublin, I reland, November 30, 1667; sad to relate, he never saw his father, who had passed away only a short time before. This loss so affected the boys early life that as his birthday anniversaries came around he was never willing to make merry like other children, but was especially gloomy on those days.
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