Cadenus & Swift’s Most Valuable Friend

With an Introduction by Andrew Carpenter

By: Sybil Le Brocquy

Publication Date: September 2003


Cadenus and Swift’s Most Valuable Friend by Sybil le Brocquy

These books are being reissued as they appeared in the first Dolmen Press editions in one composite volume, with an invaluable, contextual introduction by eighteenth-century Swift scholar Andrew Carpenter. He assesses the reaction of Swift’s serious biographers and commentators to the original publications: ‘… two remarkable books, driven by sympathetic and intuitive enquiry, which made an important contribution to Swift studies when they appeared in the 1960s and which still remain significant for all those interested in Swift’s life and works’.

Cadenus is primarily concerned with the relationship between Swift and Vanessa (Esther Van Homrigh), Swift’s Most Valuable Friend with that between Swift and Stella (Esther Johnson). Both help to determine the precise nature of this triangle, and the impact it had on his writing and career.

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SYBIL LE BROCQUY (1892-1973), Irish playwright, conservationist and mother of the painter Louis le Brocquy, was immersed in the arts and an acknowledged expert on the life and work of Jonathan Swift. During her lifetime she wrote four books on Swift, published by Liam Miller’s Dolmen Press.

With an introduction by Andrew Carpenter. Andrew Carpenter (b. 1943) was educated at Oxford University (BA 1963, MA 1968) and at University College Dublin (Ph.D. 1970). From 1965-67 he was an Instructor in English at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and since 1970 has been a member of the teaching staff of the English Department at University College Dublin. From 1970 to 1980, he was a College Lecturer, from 1980 to 1998 a Statutory (Senior) Lecturer, from 1998 an Associate Professor, and from 2006 a full Professor. In 2006, he was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the English Association. He is currently Emeritus Professor of English, University College Dublin.



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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 135 × 215 mm
Publication Date

September 2003


2 Paperbacks, 128pp