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Long before he took a journey to Lilliput, satirist and all-around man of letters Jonathan Swift took up his quill in 1710 to write a series of letter-diaries that became known as the "Journal to Stella". In these writings, Swift wrote to one Esther Johnson, who died shortly after Gulliver's Travels appeared in 1727. These letters reveal a rather different Swift than one might discover through reading his letters to such well-known personages of the time as Alexander Pope and others. This digital version of these compelling correspondences was created by the English department at the University of Oxford. Visitors can click on the "About" section to learn more about Swift, this electronic version of the letters, and the editors of this project. After browsing through the letters at their leisure, users can also login or register to post comments on these writings. Also, users will appreciate the hypertext links within the letters that lead to other documents and pieces of writings mentioned by Swift.
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