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Gulliver's Travels.

Gulliver's Travels

(1726) Best - known title of Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, by Lemuel Gulliver, a satiric masterpiece written in the form of a journal by Jonathan Swift. Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's physician, makes four voyages: to Lilliput, whose inhabitants are six inches tall; to Brobdingnag, a land of giants; to the flying island of Laputa, an empire of "wise men " ; and to Houyhnhnmland, inhabited by Houyhnhnms and Yahoos. Swift's bitterest work, Gulliver 's Travels satirizes man ' s abuse of human reason as reflected in his political, social, and academic institutions; at best, man is foolish; at worst, he is nothing more than an ape. A multifarious book, it is various in its appeal: it is enchantingly playful and fantastic, and is often read by children; it is a witty, allegorical depiction of the political life and values of Swift's time; it is a bitter denunciation of mankind; finally, it is Swift's reflections on man's corruption of his highest attribute, reason.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
Article Type:Reference Source
Date:Jan 1, 1987
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