By Jonathan Swift
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780141439495, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 25, 2003
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Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver’s encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift’s fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony.
Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), a poet, satirist, and clergyman, published many satirical works, among them A Modest Proposal.
Robert DeMaria, Jr. is Henry Noble McCracken Professor of English at Vassar College. He has published widely on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature.