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Directions to Servants is one of Jonathan Swift's last completed works. It displays all his caustic skill as a satirist and his unerring eye for the little annoyances of life.
Regarded as the preeminent prose satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) intended this masterpiece, as he once wrote Alexander Pope, to "vex the world rather than divert it." Savagely ironic, it portrays man as foolish at best, and at worst, not much more than an ape.The direct and unadorned narrative describes four remarkable journies of ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver, among them, one to the land of Lilliput, where six-inch-high inhabitants bicker over trivialities; and another to Brobdingnag, a land where giants reduce man to insignificance.Written with disarming simplicity and careful attention to detail, this classic is diverse in its appeal: for children, it remains an enchanting fantasy. For adults, it is a witty parody of political life in Swift's time and a scathing send-up of manners and morals in 18th-century England.
Plot synopsis of this classic is made meaningful with analysis and quotes by noted literary critics, summaries of the work's main themes and characters, a sketch of the author's life and times, a bibliography, suggested test questions, and ideas for essays and term papers.
Book Description 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.
'Thus, gentle Reader, I have given thee a faithful History of my Travels for Sixteen Years, and above Seven Months; wherein I have not been so studious of Ornament as of Truth. ' In these words Gulliver represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just set down; but how far can we rely on a narrator whose identity is elusive and whose inventiveness is self-evident? Gulliver's Travels purports to be a travel book, and describes Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms. A consummately skilful blend of fantasy and realism makes Gulliver's Travels by turns hilarious, frightening, and profound. Swift plays tricks on us, and delivers one of the world's most disturbing satires of the human condition. This new edition includes the changing frontispiece portraits of Gulliver that appeared in successive early editions. Notes and introduction by Claude Rawson, Ian Higgins
Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.<P> The book became tremendously popular as soon as it was published (John Gay said in a 1726 letter to Swift that "it is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"); since then, it has never been out of print.
Enduring Literature Illuminated by Practical Scholarship By turns a children's fantasy and a social satire for adults, Gulliver's Travels is one of the most popular adventure tales of all time. "A Modest Proposal," also an imaginative, enduring work, is political lampoonery at its finest. This Enriched Classic Edition includes: • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information • A chronology of the author's life and work • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context • An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations • Detailed explanatory notes • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. Series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson
Considered one of English literature's first and greatest satirists, Jonathan Swift possessed a timeless genius for pointing out the foibles of human nature that still has the power to provoke, amuse, and, at times, even outrage our modern sensibilities. This representative collection of Swift's major writings includes the complete Gulliver's Travels as well as A Tale of a Tub, "The Battle of the Books," "A Modest Proposal," "An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity," "The Bickerstaff Papers," and many more of his brilliantly satirical works. Here too are selections from Swift's poetry and portions of his Journal to Stella. Swift's savage ridicule, corrosive wit, and sparkling humor are fully displayed in this comprehensive collection.From the Paperback edition.
A masterpiece of satire by Jonathan Swift adapted for children.
The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; an island of sorcerers; and a country ruled by horses.
Test? Paper? Class discussion? Don't worry, we have you covered. This book has everything you need.Not only does it feature the complete text of Gulliver's Travels, it offers a comprehensive study guide that will easily help you understand Swift's classic novel.You'll make the grade with:* Complete and unabridged text* Chapter-by-chapter summaries* Explanations and discussions of the plot* Question-and-answer sections* Swift biography* List of characters and more
This is a collection of satire by Jonathan Swift and contains the following: A Modest Proposal,The Battle of the Books, A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit and The Abolishing of Christianity in England.
Treasury of five shorter works by the author of Gulliver's Travels offers ample evidence of the great satirist's inspired lampoonery. Title piece plus The Battle of the Books, A Meditation Upon a Broom-Stick, A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit and The Abolishing of Christianity in England.
Beginning with an "expert" introduction to the perils of ill-educated discourse, Swift seeks to offer a remedy for conversational disasters. His aim: to ensure one is always equipped with the correct response, no matter the situation, and the means with which to stoke up conversation when it lapses into awkward silence. To prove his theses, he then proffers three mock dialogues, citing the drawing room as the most suitable place to display the art of elegant and polite conversation. The result is a hilarious and deeply ironic analysis that is as relevant today as when it was first conceived.
Los mejores libros jamás escritos. «La imaginación no puede concebir nada tan grande, sorprendente y asombroso.» Los viajes de Gulliver fue publicada por primera vez en 1726, y tres siglos después mantiene toda su vigencia. Esta célebre novela satírica es a la vez un relato de aventuras y una artera reflexión filosófica sobre la constitución de las sociedades modernas. Los encuentros del naufragante Lemuel Gulliver con los minúsculos liliputienses, los gigantes de Brobdingnag, los filosóficos houyhnhnms y los brutos yahoos harán que el protagonista, como el lector, abra los ojos a la cruda y verdadera naturaleza humana. Robert DeMaria, Jr., reconocido especialista en literatura inglesa de los siglos XVII y XVIII, firma la introducción que abre el volumen y da paso a una de las más prestigiosas versiones a nuestro idioma de este clásico de las letras universales, firmada por el catedrático Pedro Guardia Massó.
Los liliputienses, los reyes de Brobdingnag, los houyhnhms y los yahoos forman ya parte de la galería de grandes personajes literarios que nos acompañarán a lo largo de toda nuestra vida y de quienes hemos aprendido mucho acerca de las virtudes y defectos de la especie humana. Sin embargo, zambullirse en las páginas de Los viajes de Gulliver es emprender una aventura fascinante, compartir el riesgo, los descubrimientos y las sorpresas que el capitán Gulliver halla en su azaroso camino... el placer de la lectura intensa y divertida. Quizás sea por ello que los niños, cuando llegan a Liliput por primera vez, lo hacen con los ojos limpios y brillantes; pero cuando ya adultos viajan de nuevo a esa isla, descubren paisajes menos luminosos que les pasaron desapercibidos en su primera visita. En parte sátira demoledora, en parte relato fantástico, Los viajes de Gulliver se ha convertido por derecho propio en uno de los clásicos universales más leídos.
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