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    DescriptionA wickedly clever satire uses comic inversions to offer telling insights into the nature of man and society, the "Penguin Classics" edition of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" is edited with an introduction and notes by Robert Demaria, Jr. "Gulliver's Travels" describes the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon. In "Lilliput" he discovers a world in miniature; towering over the people and their city, he is able to view their society from the viewpoint of a god. However, in Brobdingnag, a land of giants, tiny Gulliver himself comes under observation, exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. In Laputa, a flying island, he encounters a society of speculators and projectors who have lost all grip on everyday reality; while they plan and calculate, their country lies in ruins. Gulliver's final voyage takes him to the land of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses whom he quickly comes to admire - in contrast to the Yahoos, filthy bestial creatures who bear a disturbing resemblance to humans. This text, based on the first edition of 1726, reproduces all the original illustrations and includes an introduction by Robert Demaria, Jr, which discusses the ways "Gulliver's Travels" has been interpreted since its first publication. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) was born in Dublin. Sent to Kilkenny Grammar School when he was six, Swift later attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he received his BA degree in 1686. He is considered the foremost prose satirist in the English language, which stemmed from his criticism of Britain's repressive colonial policies in Ireland. Among Swift's best known works is his ironic masterpiece, "A Modest Proposal" (1729), and his novel, "Gulliver's Travels" (1726). If you enjoyed "Gulliver's Travels", you might like H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine", also available in "Penguin Classics". "A masterwork of irony...that contains both a dark and bitter meaning and a joyous, extraordinary creativity of imagination". (Malcolm Bradbury).


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    Title
    Gulliver's Travels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Swift, Edited by Robert DeMaria
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 247 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141439495
    ISBN 10: 0141439491
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    LC classification: PR3724.G7 D46 2001
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    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    chronology, further reading, notes
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    23 December 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Anglo-Irish poet, satirist and clergyman, Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was born in Dublin to English parents. He embarked on a career as diplomatic secretary and became increasingly involved in politics. He published many satirical works of verse and prose, including 'A Tale of a Tub', 'A Modest Proposal', and 'Gulliver's Travels'. Robert DeMaria, Jr. is Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College, New York. He has published widely on 17th and 18th century literature.