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Gulliver's Travels: Introduction
Gulliver's Travels: Plot Summary
Gulliver's Travels: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Gulliver's Travels: Themes
Gulliver's Travels: Quotes
Gulliver's Travels: Characters
Gulliver's Travels: Symbols
Gulliver's Travels: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Jonathan Swift
Historical Context of Gulliver's Travels
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- Full Title: Gulliver’s Travels, or, Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships
- When Written: 1720-1725
- Where Written: Dublin, Ireland
- When Published: 1726
- Literary Period: Augustan
- Genre: Satire
- Setting: England and the imaginary nations of Lilliput, Blefuscu, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the land of the Houyhnhnms
- Climax: Gulliver’s decision to reject humankind and try his best to become a Houyhnhnm
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Gulliver's Travels
By Gulliver, About Gulliver. Although contemporary editions of Gulliver’s Travels have Jonathan Swift’s name printed as author on the cover, Swift published the first edition under the pseudonym Lemuel Gulliver.
Instant Classic. Gulliver’s Travels was an immediate success upon its first publication in 1726. Since then, it has never been out of print.