Publisher description for Gulliver's travels / Jonathan Swift ; with an introduction and notes by Michael Seidel.


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Swift writes, “I felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back.” Thus we enter new worlds in which the very small and the very large both conclude that our hero, Captain Lemuel Gulliver, is a complete moron. Swift’s outrageous comedy keeps us superbly entertained while he satirizes civilization.

Michael Seidel is the Jesse and George Siegel Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. He has written widely on eighteenth-century literature, especially on satire and on the early novel. He is associate editor of the Columbia History of British Fiction and coeditor of the first two volumes in the Stoke-Newington Complete Works of Daniel Defoe.
Includes Maps of Swift’s Fantastic Geographies


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Voyages, Imaginary Early works to 1800, Travelers Fiction