In 1708 satirist Jonathan Swift (author of “Gulliver’s Travels) decided to play a very elaborate All Fools’ Day prank on John Partridge, an astrologer who sold his bogus predictions to the public in almanacs.Almanacs were an important part of eighteenth-century life. They contained a daily calendar, a list of scheduled events and holidays, maxims and […]

When Swift Made the Astrologer Die