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The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces

Jonathan Swift

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Galen in the adverse wing, darted his javelin with a mighty force, which the brave Ancient received upon his shield, the point breaking in the second fold . . . Hic pauca
. . . . desunt
They bore the wounded aga on their shields to his
chariot . . .
Desunt . . .
nonnulla. . . .

Then Aristotle, observing Bacon advance with a furious mien, drew his bow to the head, and let fly his arrow, which missed the valiant Modern and went whizzing over his head; but Descartes it hit; the steel point quickly found a defect in his head-piece; it pierced the leather and the pasteboard, and went in at his right eye.  The torture of the pain whirled the valiant bow-man round till death, like a star of superior influence, drew him into his own vortex Ingens hiatus . . . .
hic in MS. . . . .
.  . .  . when Homer appeared at the head of the cavalry, mounted on a furious horse, with difficulty managed by the rider himself, but which no . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Outwardly, this essay seemed to be an unreadable text. However, when I began to comprehend the essence of the story and its magnitude, I perceived that it was much easier than one can conceive. Indeed, it has paved the way for me to get acknowledged with a number of new words and their usage. It was

I read it for the Battle of the Books, but many of the other essays and poems are good reads too.

"The Battle of the Books" by Jonathan Swift was an amazing read! There is a battle that actually happens between the Ancients and the Moderns (NB: In Swift's time, some scholars favoured the Ancients, the old and the classic; while some favoured the Moderns, the new and innovative.) in the King's li

A verse funny and short read.
Various stories in the swiftian style in this thin book make for a nice quick read for an airplane ride or business trip mind rest.

Swift's shorter works are much better than Gulliver's Travels.

The Battle of the Books and other Short Pieces introduced me to Jonathan Swift in a whole new way. I have to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of Gulliver’s Travels. It’s a fun sort of book with some clever satire, but it’s always really fallen flat with me. I just assumed that it is the best thi

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