Gulliver's Travels : Library Edition: Includes eBook (CompactDisc)

Author: Swift, Jonathan

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Read by children as an adventure story and by adults as a devastating satire of society, Gulliver''s Travels is a fascinating blend of travelogue, realism, symbolism, and fantastic voyage---all with a serious philosophical intent.


Publisher Tantor Media
Mfg Part# 9781400139026
SKU 209180731
Format CD
ISBN10 1400139023
Release Date 1/1/2009
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.5H x 6.5L x 1T
Author Info
Jonathan Swift
Swift's father died shortly before he was born, and he was sent by his mother to live with relatives. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, where his tuition was paid by a rich uncle. He went to England without finishing his M.A. degree, working as a secretary to Sir William Temple--a post he disliked but where he acquired some sophistication and culture. While there, he wrote his satirical burlesque, "A Tale of a Tub." He was ordained an Anglican priest back in Ireland, but immediately returned to England, where he became involved in the brilliant literary "coffee house" circle that included Pope, Gay, Addison, and Steele and began to publish his satirical essays in the Tatler. His Tory politics got him into trouble in England, however, when the Whigs came to power, and he returned to Ireland as Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. He was scarred by his failures in England, but he continued to write enthusiastically, producing his ironic masterpiece "A Modest Proposal" and, in 1726, his great work, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, a synthesis of his bitter, cynical wit and his optimism about the fate of mankind. It was also in Ireland that Swift became involved with the two great loves of his life, Stella and Vanessa, about both of whom little is known. Swift's health, mental and physical, declined drastically when he was in his 60s, and he died virtually insane at the age of 77. .
"It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery."
From the Publisher
Annotation In Swift's bitter, witty satire of the state of England in the early 18th century, his hero, Lemuel Gulliver (the epitome of the average man), becomes, as he travels, increasingly frustrated by the corruption and irrationality of the human race. This volume contains the first two of his four voyages.
First Line My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Number of Pages 6
Publisher Tantor Media
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