Jonathan Swift was an Irish essayist, author, and satirist. He was born in Dublin, Ireland -after the death of his father two months previously - to an impoverished mother. Seeking the best for her son, she sent him to live with his uncle Godwin Swift who enrolled him in Kilkenney Grammar School, which was maybe the most prestigious shool of the time. Swift advanced in his scholarship and eventually moved to England after the beginning of the Glorious Revolution (in which the king of Ireland, England, and Scotland was overthrown.) It was there that he published one of his most famous works: Gulliver's Travels. After several years, Swift returned to Ireland, and it was there that he wrote 'A Modest Proposal.' Swift died in 1745 after having had a stroke three years previously.