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Professor Valerie Rumbold's 'Swift in Print: Published Texts in Dublin and London, 1691-1765' has been published by Cambridge University Press.

Presenting a fresh perspective on one of the most celebrated print canons in literary history, Valerie Rumbold explores the expressive force of print context, format, typography, ornament and paratext encountered by early readers of Jonathan Swift.

Swift in Print

By focusing on the books, pamphlets and single sheets in which the Dublin and London book trades published his work, this revealing whole-career analysis, based on a chronology of publication that often lagged years behind dates of composition, examines first editions and significant reprints throughout Swift's lifetime, and posthumous first editions and collections in the twenty years after his death.

Drawing on this material evidence, Rumbold reframes Swift's publishing career as a late expression of an early modern formation in which publishing was primarily an adjunct to public service. In an age of digital reading, this timely study invites a new engagement with the printed texts of Swift.

Valerie Rumbold is a Professor of English Literature in the Department of English Literature. Her research enthusiasm is for eighteenth-century poetry and satire, particularly the work of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. She has a special interest in textual editing, having produced, over the last few years, editions of Pope’s Dunciad and of hoaxes and parodies by Swift.

Photograph of Professor Valerie Rumbold