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Modest Proposal, A.

Modest Proposal, A (1729)

The shortened title of A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of the Poor People in Ireland from being a Burden to their Parents or Country; and for making them beneficial to their Publick , a pamphlet by Jonathan Swift . The pamphlet, which is a masterpiece of bitterness and irony, turns the tables on a favorite theory of contemporary Whig economists: that people are the real wealth of a nation. The terrible suffering in Ireland is revealed in the mocking suggestion that the poor should devote themselves to rearing children to be killed and sold for eating. Swift gives recipes and six advantages of his proposal.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
Article Type:Reference Source
Date:Jan 1, 1987
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