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  • Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the 'travellers' tales' literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is a 1726 prose satire by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the travellers' tales literary subgenre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. Swift claimed that he wrote Gulliver's Travels 'to vex the world rather than divert it'. The book was an immediate success. The English dramatist John Gay remarked 'It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery.' In 2015, Robert McCrum released his selection list of 100...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Shipwrecked and cast adrift, English surgeon Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters-with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos-give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Jonathan Swift's savage satire views mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified, and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Travelers visit many strange places. They see very many wonderful things. When they return home they tell wonderful stories about what they have seen. Thus begin the words of Jonathan Swift's immortal Lemuel Gulliver in his witty masterpiece, Gulliver's Travels. Retold for the modern young reader while retaining all of the tongue-in-cheek charm and political satire of the original classic, the adventures of the keenly observant Gulliver in Lilliput and Brobdingnag are certain to enchant a whole new generation of...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    This classic book of English literature is an insightful satire on human nature, probing the corruption of man. It's also a parody on traveller's tales, as Jonathan Swift chronicles the voyages to Lilliput, Brobingnag, and other fantastical destinations in this powerful 18th-century masterpiece. Simon Cadell reads with a sure touch and great understanding of his...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    One of the most famous works in English literature, this classic enjoys enduring popularity. For generations, its sharp humor has appealed to adults, and its lively fantasy has charmed children. Gulliver's Travels relates the adventures encountered by a ship's surgeon, Lemuel Gulliver, on four remarkable voyages. The first is to Lilliput, whose inhabitants are six inches tall. The second is to Brobdingnag, whose inhabitants are 60 feet tall. The third takes Gulliver to the flying island of Laputa. His final voyage is to a land ruled by rational horses called 'Houyhnhnms,' who spoil forever Gulliver's capacity to live among ordinary mortals. Through his writings, Jonathan Swift earned fame...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Los viajes de Gulliver es una sátira en prosa, y la obra más conocida del escritor irlandés Jonathan Swift. La novela se nos presenta como la narración inconfiable de Lemuel Gulliver, un cirujano y capitán marino que ha viajado por todo el mundo, encontrándose con aventuras fantásticas e increíbles. Primero, las naves de Gulliver naufragan en la isla de los Liliputs, donde los habitantes miden sólo 15 centímetros de altura. Sus otros viajes lo llevan entre otros, a Brobdingnag, un país poblado por gigantes, y a Laputa, una isla voladora. Conoce a personas inmortales y caballos tan inteligentes que han domesticado a criaturas humanas de desarrollo primitivo....read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    In a time when poor Irish families struggled to feed their children, Jonathan Swift wrote an essay, which he published anonymously, making a few suggestions. He called it `A Modest Proposal‘ (1729) or `A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen to their Parents, or the Country, and for Making them Beneficial to the Publick.‘The solution was simple: Fatten up the undernourished children and sell them as food for the rich. Everybody wins! Though written in a serious tone, the humour in this essay is undeniable, and so is its mocking of the heartless attitudes towards poor...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    When Lemuel Gulliver wakes up on an island after a shipwreck, tied on his hands and feet and with arrows pointed at him, you would think all hope is lost. But his captors are the size of a finger, their rope is as thin as thread, and their tiny arrows barely break the surface of his skin. This is not even as absurd as it gets on Gulliver‘s travels at sea, but, hilariously, he has no emotional response to any of it. Jonathan Swift‘s `Gulliver‘s Travels‘ (1726) is political satire at its best. Published shortly after Daniel Defoe‘s `Robinson Crusoe‘, it offers a very different view on humankind than Defoe‘s optimistic account, poking fun and in doing so opening the door for...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Gullivers Reisen ist ein satirischer Roman des irischen Schriftstellers, anglikanischen Priesters und Politikers Jonathan Swift. In der Originalfassung besteht der Roman aus vier Teilen. In anschaulicher Erzählweise bringt Swift seine Verbitterung über zeitgenössische Missstände und seine Auffassung von der Relativität der menschlichen Werte zum Ausdruck. Durch die anschauliche Erzählweise der zweiteiligen Kinderbuchausgabe, in welcher Gulliver erst das Land der Zwerge entdeckt und dann im Land der Riesen landet, und in der die sozialkritischen und satirischen Positionen fehlen, wurde das Werk zu einem weltbekannten Jugendbuch. Der Roman ist, nach Campanellas Civitas solis und Bacons...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    "A Voyage to Lilliput" is a novel by Jonathan Swift: The travel begins with a short preamble in which Lemuel Gulliver gives a brief outline of his life and history before his voyages. - During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a race of tiny people, less than 6 inches (15 cm) tall, who are inhabitants of the island country of Lilliput. After giving assurances of his good behaviour, he is given a residence in Lilliput and becomes a favourite of the Lilliput Royal Court. He is also given permission by the King of Lilliput to go around the city on condition that he must not hurt their...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    'A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan' is a novel by Jonathan Swift: Setting out again, Gulliver's ship is attacked by pirates, and he is marooned close to a desolate rocky island near India. He is rescued by the flying island of Laputa, a kingdom devoted to the arts of music, mathematics, and astronomy but unable to use them for practical ends. Rather than use armies, Laputa has a custom of throwing rocks down at rebellious cities on the...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    'A Voyage to the Land of the Houyhnhnms' is a novel by Jonathan Swift: Despite his earlier intention of remaining at home, Gulliver returns to sea as the captain of a merchantman, as he is bored with his employment as a surgeon. On this voyage, he is forced to find new additions to his crew who, he believes, have turned against him. His crew then commits mutiny. After keeping him contained for some time, they resolve to leave him on the first piece of land they come across, and continue as pirates. He is abandoned in a landing boat and comes upon a race of deformed savage humanoid creatures to which he conceives a violent antipathy. Shortly afterwards, he meets the Houyhnhnms, a race of...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    'A Voyage to Brobdingnag' is a novel by Jonathan Swift: Gulliver soon sets out again. When the sailing ship Adventure is blown off course by storms and forced to sail for land in search of fresh water, Gulliver is abandoned by his companions and left on a peninsula on the western coast of the North American...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Gullivers Reisen ist ein satirischer Roman des irischen Schriftstellers, anglikanischen Priesters und Politikers Jonathan Swift. In der Originalfassung besteht der Roman aus vier Teilen. In anschaulicher Erzählweise bringt Swift seine Verbitterung über zeitgenössische Missstände und seine Auffassung von der Relativität der menschlichen Werte zum Ausdruck. Durch die anschauliche Erzählweise der zweiteiligen Kinderbuchausgabe, in welcher Gulliver erst das Land der Zwerge entdeckt und dann im Land der Riesen landet, und in der die sozialkritischen und satirischen Positionen fehlen, wurde das Werk zu einem weltbekannten Jugendbuch. Der Roman ist, nach Campanellas Civitas solis und Bacons...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 different recordings of Advice to the Grub Street Verse-writers by Jonathan Swift. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of February 24th,...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    LibriVox volunteers bring you 7 recordings of A Description Of A City Shower by Jonathan Swift. This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for January 26, 2020. You don't find a weather forecast like this local...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Swift's allegorical satire about religion and politics follows the lives of three brothers, Martin, Peter and Jack, who each represent a faction of the Christian faith - Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism and the Dissenting faiths respectively. Each brother inherits a coat (representing religious practice) from their father (God) on the condition that they do not change it. But instead, the three quarrelsome youths disobey their father and change their coats beyond recognition. A Tale of a Tub was Swift's first major work and was considered a personal favourite by the...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Swift's scornful satire, written "to vex the world rather than divert it", takes a caustic look at those most contemporary concerns irrational prejudice, social inequality, ivory tower elitism and the correct way to open a boiled egg. 'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.' Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the...read more

  • Jonathan Swift

    Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnm and the brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift's savage satire view mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves. It is widely considered Swift's magnum opus and is his most celebrated work, as well as one of the indisputable classics of English...read more