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by Swift, Jonathan.

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TitleThe battle of the books, and other short pieces
Author / Responsible partySwift, Jonathan.
GenrePoetry, Anthropology.
TopicsPoetry, Anthropology. English essays Satire, English Ancients and moderns, Quarrel of
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


"The Battle of the Books" depicts a literal battle between books in the King's Library (housed in St James's Palace at the time of the writing), as ideas and authors struggle for supremacy. Because of the satire, "The Battle of the Books" has become a term for the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns. It is one of his earliest well-known works.

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System control numberS15488
Original Print PublisherLondon ; Paris ; New York ; Melbourne : Cassell & Company, Limited, 1886
NarratorElijah Fisher.
Narrator NameElijah Fisher.
Participant or performer noteElijah Fisher.
Narrators GenderMale narrator