Gulliver’s Travels
  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781551119793 / 155111979X
  • 454 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Gulliver’s Travels

  • Publication Date: February 27, 2012
  • ISBN: 9781551119793 / 155111979X
  • 454 pages; 5½" x 8½"

In this narrative of the gullible ship’s doctor Lemuel Gulliver and his extraordinary travels, Jonathan Swift takes readers through a series of apparently child-like fantasy worlds of tiny people and giants, floating islands and talking horses. But through this fantastic journey, he also gave to literature an enduring model of mankind’s follies, vulnerabilities, vanities, and self-destructiveness. Dangerously topical in its own time and much debated ever since, Gulliver’s Travels is among those works of English literature that entrap and challenge readers in every period.

This edition uses the 1735 edition as the copy text, retaining the original, unmodernized text. Historical appendices provide a context for the novel’s literary models, scientific influences, and complex political and religious allusions.

Comments

Gulliver’s Travels is a timeless work, but Allan Ingram’s edition reminds us that it’s a timely one, too. His introduction, notes, and appendices put the eighteenth century’s greatest satire in a wide variety of contexts—biographical, historical, political, scientific, and literary—giving us an ideal edition for classroom use. No edition does a better job of explaining Swift’s masterpiece as a product of its age.” — Jack Lynch, Rutgers University

“This new edition of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels provides both first-time and return readers with a well-constructed framework within which to place a familiar work. Allan Ingram’s engaging introduction deftly combines a summary of contemporary controversies over politics, religion, learning, science, and Ireland, with a summary of Swift’s life and a history of the composition, publication, and critical reception of the Travels. The footnotes to the text anticipate the kinds of knowledge a twenty-first-century reader might lack: the outmoded usage of a single word or the identity of an individual, as well as references to broader issues and ideas. Ingram observes that Swift ‘asks the kinds of questions of his readers to which we have few answers.’ His edition will enable readers to carry on the debate about those questions.” — Melinda Alliker Rabb, Brown University

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Jonathan Swift: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Gulliver’s Travels

Appendix A: Preliminary Correspondence

  1. “Richard Sympson” to Benjamin Motte (8 August 1726)
  2. Benjamin Motte to “Richard Sympson” (11 August 1726)
  3. “Richard Sympson” to Benjamin Motte (13 August 1726)

Appendix B: Literary and Cultural Influences

  1. From Lucian’s True History (2nd century CE)
  2. From Sir Thomas More, Utopia (1516)
  3. From Cyrano de Bergerac, The Comical History of the States and Empires of the Worlds of the Moon and Sun (1657, 1662)
  4. From William Dampier, A New Voyage Round the World (1697)

Appendix C: Science, Politics, Religion

  1. From Thomas Sprat, The History of the Royal Society (1702)
  2. From Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke, A Dissertation Upon Parties (1735)
  3. Jonathan Swift, Brotherly Love. A Sermon (1717)

Appendix D: Ireland

  1. From William Molyneux, The Case of Ireland (1698)
  2. From Jonathan Swift, The Drapier’s First Letter (1724)
  3. Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland (1728)

Appendix E: Contemporary Reception

  1. Swift’s Correspondence
    1. John Gay and Alexander Pope to Swift ([7] November 1726)
    2. Alexander Pope to Swift (16 November 1726)
    3. Swift to Alexander Pope (17 November 1726)
    4. “Lemuel Gulliver” to Mrs. Howard (28 November 1726)
    5. Swift to Benjamin Motte (28 December 1727)
  2. From Anon., A Letter from a Clergyman (1726)
  3. Poems Attached to Gulliver’s Travels (1727)
  4. From John, Earl of Orrery, Remarks on the Life and Writings of Dr. Jonathan Swift (1752)

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Allan Ingram is Professor of English at Northumbria University. He is currently Director of a major research project, “Before Depression: The Culture and Representation of the English Malady, 1660-1800” (www.beforedepression.com).