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Gulliver's Travels

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ISBN-10: 0140430229

ISBN-13: 9780140430226

Edition: 1967 (Revised)

Authors: Jonathan Swift, Peter Dixon, John Chalker, Michael Foot

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The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; an island of sorcerers; and a country ruled by horses.
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List price: $6.95
Copyright year: 1967
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/30/1967
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Apparently doomed to an obscure Anglican parsonage in Laracor, Ireland, even after he had written his anonymous masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub (c.1696), Swift turned a political mission to England from the Irish Protestant clergy into an avenue to prominence as the chief propagandist for the Tory government. His exhilaration at achieving importance in his forties appears engagingly in his Journal to Stella (1710--13), addressed to Esther Johnson, a young protegee for whom Swift felt more warmth than for anyone else in his long life. At the death of Queen Anne and the fall of the Tories in 1714, Swift became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In Ireland, which he considered exile from a life of power and intellectual activity in London, Swift found time to defend his oppressed compatriots, sometimes in such contraband essays as his Drapier's Letters (1724), and sometimes in such short mordant pieces as the famous A Modest Proposal (1729); and there he wrote perhaps the greatest work of his time, Gulliver's Travels (1726). Using his characteristic device of the persona (a developed and sometimes satirized narrator, such as the anonymous hack writer of A Tale of a Tub or Isaac Bickerstaff in Predictions for the Ensuing Year, who exposes an astrologer), Swift created the hero Gulliver, who in the first instance stands for the bluff, decent, average Englishman and in the second, humanity in general. Gulliver is a full and powerful vision of a human being in a world in which violent passions, intellectual pride, and external chaos can degrade him or her---to animalism, in Swift's most horrifying images---but in which humans do have scope to act, guided by the Classical-Christian tradition. Gulliver's Travels has been an immensely successful children's book (although Swift did not care much for children), so widely popular through the world for its imagination, wit, fun, freshness, vigor, and narrative skill that its hero is in many languages a common proper noun. Perhaps as a consequence, its meaning has been the subject of continuing dispute, and its author has been called everything from sentimental to mad. Swift died in Dublin and was buried next to his beloved "Stella."

Peter Dixon is research associate in anthropolgy at the University of Durham.

A Voyage to Lilliput
Gulliver Is Shipwrecked and Made a Prisoner
The Emperor of Lilliput
Gulliver at the Court of Lilliput
The Emperor's Palace and His Principal Secretary
Gulliver Prevents an Invasion of Lilliput
Lilliput's Laws, Customs, and Educational Methods
Escape to Blefuscu
Gulliver Returns to His Native Country
A Voyage to Brobdingnag
Gulliver Is Captured by a Native
Gulliver Is Taken to the City
The Queen Buys Gulliver from the Farmer
Gulliver Shows His Skill in Navigation
Gulliver Amuses the King and Queen
Gulliver Returns to England
Voyages to Laputa and the Country of the Houyhnhnms
A Flying Island
Laputa and Its People
The Grand Academy at Lagado
The Land of Magic-Japan-Then Home
The Houyhnhnms' Country
Gulliver Understands the Speech of the Master Horse
Gulliver Discusses England and Makes Observations on the Houyhnhnms
Gulliver Is Forced to Return Home