Featured title on PBS’s The Great American Read in 2018
Lemuel Gulliver, English surgeon turned ship captain, embarks on four fantastic voyages, each a clash with strange beings and cultures—from the eccentric to the odious. Island by island, he meets the savage but tiny Lilliputians, the hideous Yahoos, a stable of talking horses, a race of decrepit immortals, and the ghosts of Julius Caesar and Homer.
A parody of the popular seafaring narratives of his time, a harsh judgment against inherently corrupt human nature, and a satire of the ways of England, Swift’s masterpiece was written “to vex the world rather than divert it.” For generations, it has inspired it.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Gulliver’s Travels, this edition of Gulliver’s Travels (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.