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The Author review: Book Parts, edited by Dennis Duncan and Adam Smyth

In 1723 the London bookseller Thomas Graves published a 12-page pamphlet entitled The First of April. Written in praise of the author of a recent poem named Ridotto, or Downfal of Masquerades, it comprises a title page, a six-page dedicatory epistle,...
From: Mathew Lyons on 10 Feb 2020

Lines on the Birthday of Dr Swift

Jonathan Swift, by Charles Jervas, 1710. It is my birthday this week. People have already started celebrating. Because for the last 350 years I have been vexing the world, they still gather to talk about me, to talk about my books. They write books about...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 27 Nov 2017

Adam Smith: poverty and famine

Adam Smith, drawing by John Kay, 1790. My Besterman lecture was a highly critical assessment of Adam Smith’s views on famine. In The Wealth of Nations (1776) Smith claims that in a free market economy famines will never occur. The famines that...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 26 Jun 2017

The Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes across the Channel: Swift and Voltaire

Our book Ancients and Moderns in Europe: comparative perspectives is a collection of chapters covering three centuries of European quarrels over the legacy of classical Greece and Rome. With such a broad range of reference, it is inevitable that some...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 6 Jun 2016

'A Description of a City Shower' - Jonathan Swift

‘Careful observers may foretell the hour (By sure prognostics) when to dread a shower: While rain depends, the pensive cat gives o’er Her frolics, and pursues her tail no more.’ ‘A Description of a City Shower’ Jonathan...

ECF journal for Spring 2016 (28.3) features a new article on...

ECF journal for Spring 2016 (28.3) features a new article on Jonathan Swift, the master satirist: “Dark Humour and Moral Sense Theory: Or, How Swift Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Evil,” by Shane Herron, Furman University Read this article...

'A Night-Piece on Death' - Thomas Parnell

‘How deep yon azure dyes the sky, Where orbs of gold unnumbered lie, While through their ranks in silver pride The nether crescent seems to glide. The slumb’ring breeze forgets to breathe, The lake is smooth and clear beneath, Where...

'An Unanswerable Apology for the Rich' - Mary Barber

‘His income’s regularly spent, He scarcely saves to pay his rent. No man alive would do more good, Or give more freely, if he could.He grieves, whene’er the wretched sue, But what can poor Castalio do?’ ‘An Unanswerable...

Jonathan Swift’s cup of tea, Downton Abbey style

How to make a good cup if tea? This is the advice, given to a footman, of the satirist and poet Jonathan Swift: When you are to get Water on for Tea after Dinner (which in many Families is Part of your office) to save Firing, and to make more Haste, pour...
From: Tea in Eighteenth-Century Britain on 20 Sep 2015

The King of Brobdingnag, and Gulliver

“George III, half length, stands in profile to the left, holding a tiny Napoleon on the palm of his right hand, and inspecting him through a spy-glass. He says: “My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable \ “panegyric...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 23 Mar 2015

The Mystery of the Missing Marginalia

In 1745, Jonathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, and author of Gulliver’s Travels, died. In 1751, the first biography of Swift was published: Remarks on the Life and Writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift by John Boyle, the Earl of...
From: The Hurd Library on 28 Nov 2013

Gulliver visits the Brobdinagians, an illustration from an...

Gulliver visits the Brobdinagians, an illustration from an edition of Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels (first published 1726). The giants look charmed by the teensy man, but what are they planning to do with those enormous sickles? Read more about...

Intellectum da mihi, et vivam

In 1714 Jonathan Swift gave Alexander Pope a magnificent present: Pope and Swift were both in London that year and were members of the Scriblerus Club, founded in 1712, along with John Arbuthnot, John Gay and Thomas Parnell. Its object was to satirise...
From: The Hurd Library on 3 Oct 2013

A peep inside a bachelor pad, 1752

I once had the pleasure of living in a house with 5 boys. It was an eye-opening, stomach-turning sort of experience.* The bachelor pad – rarely lauded as a palace of hygiene and grace – has horrified genteel ladies (such as myself, *cough*) for...
From: The History of Love on 2 Oct 2013

Humans and Books

Part of the reason the Hurd Library is such an interesting place is that it has a lot to tell us about people’s relationships with books. The room was built especially to house Bishop Hurd’s collection, and you can tell from the design that...
From: The Hurd Library on 10 Sep 2013

Swift’s Exploding Mountain

Newspapers of the 18th century sometimes carried the most extraordinary reports, with absolutely no commentary, presumably leaving their readers to determine whether the reports were serious or humorous. Here is a fine example of the absurd genre from...
From: Kirby and his world on 8 Mar 2013

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This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

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If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.