Thursday, June 18, 2015

Daily Dose

From Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, Volume 1: Mr. Swift and his Contemporaries, by Irvin Ehrenpreis


"Swift's knowing how to read at an early age need not imply that he was unduly precocious.  The achievement was apparently a goal not infrequently set by eager parents or guardians.  Aubrey reports that Katherine Phillips 'had read the Bible thorough before she was full four years old'."

From Chapter Five, Kilkenny

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