Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

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Title
Gulliver's Travels - and Alexander Pope's Verses on Gulliver's Travels
Author
Jonathan Swift
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Vintage Classics
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20080327

In the course of his famous travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is sexually assaulted by giants, visits a floating island, and decides that the society of horses is better than that of his fellow man. Swift's tough, filthy and incisive satire has much to say about the state of the world today and is presented here in its unexpurgated entirety.

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Jonathan Swift was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College and Oxford University. After working for a time as secretary to Sir William Temple in England, Swift was ordained as a priest of the Church of Ireland and returned to Dublin in 1695. In 1713 he became Dean of St Patrick's. The first of his major satirical works, A Tale of a Tub, was published in 1704 and through his writing he became close friends with the poet Alexander Pope. Together with other writers, they founded a literary group called the Martinus Scriblerus Club in 1714. Gulliver's Travels(1726) is the only book for which he received any money and he never wrote under his own name. He died on 19 October 1745 and was buried in St Patrick's.

His Latin epitaph, written by himself, reads: 'Here lies the body of Jonathan Swift, D.D., dean of this cathedral, where burning indignation can no longer lacerate his heart. Go, traveller, and imitate if you can a man who was an undaunted champion of liberty.'

"Swift's world-famous satire was an instant bestseller...his vision is dark, often verging on the obscene"
Guardian - Robert McCrum

"It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"
John Gay (author of The Beggar's Opera)

"Jonathan Swift's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World has entered the iconography of western culture as perhaps no other single novel, giving words to the English language and inspiring remarkably diverse acts of homage.... A political comedy, an existentialist meditation, a bleak thriller about an outsider caught between worlds...at the heart of Swift's masterwork is an ennobling sadness, a lament for a world gone mad"
Guardian - Joseph O'Connor

"Among the six indispensable books in world literature"
George Orwell

"Everyone standing for political office . . . should have a compulsory examination in Gulliver's Travels"
Michael Foot

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
352

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