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The Battle of the Books

and other Short Pieces

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Author: Jonathan Swift
Published: 1710
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,393 / 122 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 25.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 4,012
Added to site: 2007.01.16 15826
Genres: Satire, Humor, Essays

gredients, which are, gall and copperas; by its bitterness and venom to suit, in some degree, as well as to foment, the genius of the combatants. And as the Grecians, after an engagement, when they could not agree about the victory, were wont to set up trophies on both sides, the beaten party being content to be at the same expense, to keep itself in countenance (a laudable and ancient custom, happily revived of late in the art of war), so the learned, after a sharp and bloody dispute, do, on both sides, hang out their trophies too, whichever comes by the worst. These trophies have largely inscribed on them the merits of the cause; a full impartial account of such a Battle, and how the victory fell clearly to the party that set them up. They are known to the world under several names; as disputes, arguments, rejoinders, brief considerations, answers, replies, remarks, reflections, objections, confutations. For a very few days they are fixed up all in public places, either by themselves or their representative

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