John Stubbs studied English at Oxford and Renaissance literature at Cambridge, where he completed a doctorate.  His new biography, Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel, will be released from W.W. Norton on February 28. He lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Vicious but Fair

The creator of Gulliver would have had a field day with the era of alternative facts, because even his most outlandish stories were grounded in research and a love of truth.