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Nov 26, 1991
| ISBN 9780679405450
Oct 31, 2000
| ISBN 9780679641995
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Nov 26, 1991 | ISBN 9780679405450
Oct 31, 2000 | ISBN 9780679641995
(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)An immediate success on its publication in 1726, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS was read, as John Gay put it, "from the cabinet council to the nursery." Dean Swift’s great satire is presented here in its unexpurgated entirety.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read“It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery,” remarked Alexander Pope when Gulliver’s Travels was published in 1726. One of the unique books of world literature, Swift’s masterful satire describes the astonishing voyages of one Lemuel Gulliver, a ship’s surgeon, to surreal kingdoms inhabited by miniature people and giants, quack philosophers and scientists, horses endowed with reason and men who behave like beasts. Written with great wit and invention, Gulliver’s Travels is a savage parody on man and his institutions that has captivated readers for nearly three centuries. As bestselling author and critic Allan Bloom observed: “Gulliver’s Travels is an amazing rhetorical achievement. Swift had not only the judgment with which to arrive at a reasoned view of the world but the fancy by means of which he could re-create that world in a form which teaches where argument fails and which satisfies all while misleading none.”
Jonathan Swift is almost universally accorded a leading place among the greatest of prose satirists. Born in Dublin of English parents on November 30, 1667, Swift never knew his father, who had died several months before his birth. After his… More about Jonathan Swift
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