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18th Century AD - Literary History

The 18th century lasts from 1701-1800. In France, Denis Diderot (1713-1784) and Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) were writing. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and Voltaire (1694-1778)were also writing during this century. Read more about the 18th century in literature.
  1. 18th Century AD - Writers

Books About Jonathan Swift
(1667-1745) Irish writer. Jonathan Swift is famous for "Gulliver's Travels" (1726), "A Modest Proposal" (1729) and other tales of humor, satire, and imagination. Read more about the life and works of the famous Irish writer, Jonathan Swift.

The Eighteenth Century, Pseudo-Classicism And The Beginnings
Read more about 18th century literature (and the beginnings of Romanticism).

18th Century - Political Conditions
During the first part of the eighteenth century the direct connection between politics and literature was closer than at any previous period of English life; for the practical spirit of the previous generation continued to prevail, so that the chief writers were very ready to concern themselves with the affairs of State, and in the uncertain strife of parties ministers were glad to enlist their aid.

18th Period - The General Spirit of the Period
The writers of the reigns of Anne and George I called their period the Augustan Age, because they flattered themselves that with them English life and literature had reached a culminating period of civilization and elegance corresponding to that which existed at Rome under the Emperor Augustus.

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