Gulliver's Travels

ISBN : 9780199536849

Jonathan Swift
432 Pages
128 x 195 mm
Pub date
Jun 2008
Oxford World's Classics
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  • The fullest, most up-to-date paperback edition currently on the market. The introduction and notes, by two of the General Editors of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, elucidate the work in line with the latest critical thinking and provide a wealth of background information and explanatory help.
  • Reproduces the 1735 edition of the text and includes for the first time not only the frontispiece and title-page from that edition but the frontispiece portraits of Gulliver/Swift that appeared in successive editions and whose subtle changes contribute to the reader's uncertainty about the veracity of the author
  • Up-to-date bibliography
  • New chronology

New to this Edition:

  • New introduction by Claude Rawson draws on the latest scholarship and considers Swift's role playing and the relationship of the author to Gulliver. Contains an astute analysis of the nature of Swift's satire
  • Frontispiece portraits of Gulliver/Swift
  • New, up-to-date bibliography
  • New chronology
  • New explanatory notes by Ian Higgins, removing now outdated interpretative areas

'Thus, gentle Reader, I have given thee a faithful History of my Travels for Sixteen Years, and above Seven Months; wherein I have not been so studious of Ornament as of Truth.'

In these words Gulliver represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just set down; but how far can we rely on a narrator whose identity is elusive and whoses inventiveness is self-evident? Gulliver's Travels purports to be a travel book, and describes Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms. A consummately skilful blend of fantasy and realism makes Gulliver's Travels by turns hilarious, frightening, and profound. Swift plays tricks on us, and delivers one of the world's most disturbing satires of the human condition.

This new edition includes the changing frontispiece portraits of Gulliver that appeared in successive early editions. 

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About the author: 

Jonathan Swift

Claude Rawson, Maynard Mack Professor of English Yale University, and Ian Higgins, Senior Lecture in English Literature, Australian National University, Canberra

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