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Apr 19, 2016
| ISBN 9780141366302
| Middle Grade (10 and up)
Dec 02, 2008
| ISBN 9780451531131
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Apr 19, 2016 | ISBN 9780141366302 | Middle Grade (10 and up)
Dec 02, 2008 | ISBN 9780451531131
"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.The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with afford-able hardbound editions of impor-tant works of literature and thought. For the Modern Library’s seventy-fifth anniversary, Random House redesigned the series, restoringas its emblem the running torch-bearer created by Lucian Bernhard in 1925 and refurbishing jackets, bindings, and type, as well as inau-gurating a new program of selecting titles. The Modern Library continues to provide the world’s best books, at the best prices. 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."
Set sail on an incredible journey with Jonathan Swift’s satiric masterpiece.A fantastical tale, Gulliver’s Travels tells the story of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, an English ship’s surgeon. First, he is shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput, where the alarmed residents are only six inches tall. His second voyage takes him to the land of Brobdingnag, where the people are sixty feet tall. Further adventures bring Gulliver to an island that floats in the sky, and to a land where horses are endowed with reason and beasts are shaped like men. Read by children as an adventure story and by adults as a devastating satire of society, Gulliver’s Travels remains a fascinating blend of travelogue, realism, symbolism, and fantastic voyage—all with a serious philosophical intent. With an Introduction by Leo Damroschand an Afterword by Nathanial RichIncludes thirty illustrations by Charles Brock and five maps of Gulliver’s journeys.
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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