chapter  4
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‘A Perfect Swiss in Writing’: Literature and Authorship in the Midwife

The Taste of England is infamously corrupted by the Sholes of Wretches who write for their Bread.

Jonathan Swift

The Midwife pays homage to Swift directly more than once, and Swiftian prosopopoeic letters form the satiric backbone of the magazine: indeed, we have explored the way that the Mary Midnight persona works as a rhetorical ‘transactional’ device in the manner of Swift’s Isaac Bickerstaff rather than that of Steele.