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    Jonathan Swift and...?

    Hey guys, I'm writing a paper for class and want to compare Jonathan Swift with another British satirist.

    The catch is that whoever the other author is, he/she can't be from the same era of writing as Swift. The other catch is that it needs to be a short story as well, seeing as how I am looking at Swifts shorts at the moment.

    I havn't been able to come up with a British satirist that has enough similarities in order to warrant a discussion of the differences.

    Anyways, thanks in advance, and any help is appreciated.

    Help help help please!

    In a rush lol (due to my own procrastination and lack of planning)

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    How about Dickens? I'm thinking of Pickwick, which, of course is not a short story, but you could take a couple of elements from it, e.g. the election or the lawsuit.
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    Thanks a lot Whiffling, I'll go look through Pickwick.

    Any other recommendations?

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    I don't know if Douglas Adams did any shorts, but he'd be something to look into.

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    I recommend George Bernard Shaw.

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    Thanks for the recommendation, any of Shaw's work in particular?

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    To APEist: I think "Heartbreak House" would be an excellent choice but you might need a very short primer of the politics of Shaw's time. It wouldn't take but a few minites and the camparison...satire wise...would be well worth it. quasimodo1

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    I'd certainly recommend one modern-day author who fits perfectly as a counterpoint to Swift - Tom Sharpe. His satirical novels on South Africa under Apartheid are very much in the mould of A Modest Proposal, while Wilt and Grantchester Grind/Porterhouse Blue are reminiscent of several of the learning institutions attended by Gulliver in his travels.

    Nice, easy reads, Tom Sharpe - loads of humour and magnificent characterisations. He'd be an unusual choice, I expect, but a highly appropriate one.
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    Amazing help from you guys, thanks so much

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