HARRISON, Alan: The Dean’s Friend.
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Anthony Raymond (1675-1726), Jonathan Swift and the Irish Language. Illustrated. Dublin: De Búrca, 1999. pp. xv, 175. Fine in fine illustrated d.j.
The book introduces us to 17th and 18th century Ireland and to the interface between the two languages and the two cultures. It is a fascinating study of the troubled period after the Battle of the Boyne, encompassing historiography and antiquarianism; contemporary linguistic study and the sociolinguistics of the two languages in contact; Swift and his friends in that context; and the printing and publishing of books in Stuart and early-Georgian Ireland.
Published by De Burca Rare Books.
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