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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (Author), Doreen Roberts (Introduction), Dr Keith Carabine (Series Editor)

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift  (Author), Doreen Roberts (Introduction), Dr Keith Carabine (Series Editor)
'Gulliver's Travels'
By Jonathan Swift  (Author), Doreen Roberts (Introduction), Dr Keith Carabine (Series Editor)

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Jonathan Swift's classic satirical narrative was first published in 1726, seven years after Defoe'sRobinson Crusoe (one of its few rivals in fame and breadth of appeal). As a parody travel-memoir it reports on extraordinary lands and societies, whose names have entered the English language: notably the minute inhabitants of Lilliput, the giants of Brobdingnag, and the Yahoos in Houyhnhnmland, where talking horses are the dominant species. It spares no vested interest from its irreverent wit, and its attack on political and financial corruption, as well as abuses in science, continue to resonate in our own times.

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

(Robert McCrum Guardian)

"It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"

(John Gay, author of The Beggar's Opera)

"It 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"

(Joseph O'Connor Guardian)

"Among the six indispensable books in world literature"

(George Orwell)

Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's TravelsA Modest ProposalA Journal to StellaThe Drapier's LettersThe Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms — such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier — or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire; the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.
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