Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Gulliver’s Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is both a satire on human nature anda parody of the “travelers’ tales” literary sub-genre. It is Swift’s most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English literature. The book became tremendously popular as soon as itwas published (John Gay said in a 1726 letter to Swift that "it is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery". Since then, it has never been out of print.
The book begins with a short preamble in whichLamuel Gulliver, in the style of books of the time, gives a brief outline of his life and history before his voyages. He enjoys traveling, although it is that love of travel that is his downfall .
During his first voyage,Gulliver is washed ashoreafter ashipwreck and findshimself a prisoner of a race oftiny people,less than 6 inches tall, who are inhabitants ofthe island country of Lilliput.
After giving assurances of his good behavior, he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favorite of theJonathan Swift court.
Mural depicting Gulliver surrounded by citizens of Lilliput.
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