Questions tagged [a-modest-proposal]

Questions about the satirical essay 'A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick', published anonymously by Jonathan Swift in 1729. Use with the tag [jonathan-swift].

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Evidence that many early readers misunderstood A Modest Proposal as a serious recommendation?

The Wikipedia article on satire has a section on censorship and criticsim which contains the following claim (emphasis added): For instance, at the time of its publication, many people misunderstood ...
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