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The Benefit of Farting

By Jonathan Swift

ISBN: 9781847496805

120 pages

Paperback

RRP: £7.99 £6.39

What is the nature, essence and definition of a fart? What are the consequences and disadvantages of suppressing one? Why is farting considered to be taboo? Swift’s The Benefit of Farting argues eloquently, in a forceful a posteriori fashion, that most of the distempers thought to affect the fairer sex are due to flatulences not adequately vented.

To complete the excursus into this venerable and age-old human activity, Charles James Fox’s ‘Essay upon Wind’ provides a detailed analysis, classification and history of farting, peppered with wit and curious anecdotes about particularly eminent farters of the past.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) was an Anglo-Irish writer of prose, poetry, essays and political pamphlets, and is probably the best-known satirist in the English language. His novel Gulliver’s Travels is one of the landmarks of world literature.

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