Was a clergyman. Took his orders in 1694 and was appointed vicar of Kilroot, near Belfast. His first writings were ecclesiastical in nature. Joined the Tory Party in 1710, became its leading writer and editor of The Examiner (1711). Also contributed articles to publications like Tatler. Swift became a champion of Irish grievances at the hands of Whig politics. He wrote "Gulliver's Travels" fairly late in his career (1726). Swift is especially noteworthy for being one of the first writers to use prose as a means of satire.
Anglo-Irish author of the celebrated novel "Gulliver's Travels" (1726). He has been called the foremost prose satirist in the English language.
George Orwell used Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels as inspiration to pen his anti-utopia novel 1984 (1984).
There is now a novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole.