The Battle of the Books is the name of a short satire written by Jonathan Swift and published as part of the prolegomena to his A Tale of a Tub in 1704. It depicts a literal battle between books in the King's Library (housed in St. James's Palace at the time of the writing), as ideas and authors struggle for supremacy. Because of the satire, The Battle of the Books has become a term for the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns. - Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Table of Contents: Introduction The Bookseller to the Reader The Preface of the Author The Battle of the Books A Meditation Upon a Broomstick Predictions for the Year 1708 The Accomplishment of the First of Mr. Bickerstaff's Predictions Baucis and Philemon The Logicians Refuted The Puppet Show Cadenus and Vanessa Stella's Birthday, 1718 Stella's Birthday, 1720 Stella's Birthday Stella's Birthday, 1724 Stella's Birthday, March 13, 1726 To Stella The First He Wrote The Second Prayer The Beasts' Confession An Argument Against Abolishing of Christianity Hints Towards an Essay on Conversation Thoughts on Various Subjects
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January 21, 2010
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