The most prolific use of ironic precision was highlighted in the Nobel citation for Wisława Szymborska in 1996. She was given the award "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality".
Jonathan Swift features the use of ironic precision in his essay A Modest Proposal. As discussed in the 2012 book Encyclopedia of the Essay, the style is used when his character, a Tory, suggests that the English aristocracy encourage the Irish to sell their children.
- The greatest literary influence upon Kafka was Flaubert's. Flaubert who loathed pretty-pretty prose would have applauded Kafka's attitude towards his tool. Kafka liked to draw his terms from the language of law and science, giving them a kind of ironic precision, with no intrusion of the author's private sentiments; this was exactly Flaubert's method through which he achieved a singular poetic effect. The legacy of his work habits can best be described, therefore, as paving the way towards a slower and more introspective manner of writing.
- Nabokov (1980) Lectures on literature, Volume 1, p.256
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- Wharton, Edith. The Custom of the Country, p.438
- Chevalier, Tracy. Encyclopedia of the Essay, p.1567
- Platt, Len. Modernism and Race, p.256