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Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings [Paperback]

Jonathan Swift


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  • Paperback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (Feb. 1 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395051231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395051238
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.2 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

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Book by Swift, Jonathan

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I hope you will be ready to own publicly, whenever you shall be called to it, that by your great and frequent urgency you prevailed on me to publish a very loose and uncorrect account of my travels; with direction to hire some young gentlemen of either university to put them in order, and correct the style, as my cousin Dampier did by my advice, in his book called A Voyage round the World. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not An Annotated Version Feb. 15 2007
By A. Hennessey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This comment refers to the Bantam Classics Paperback version. And is just a small criticism.

This very affordable little paperback is a jam packed with most of Swifts writings, but if you start to venture beyond Gulliver's Travels and his lighter proposals you will find yourself quickly wishing for a little more in the way of footnotes or endnotes.

I picked this book up to read A Tale of the Tub for the first time. It is wonderful piece of writing, and many scholars call it Swift's best. However, even the introduction to the Bantam edition points out that we have to sometimes rely on scholarship to fill in many of the allusions in the text that have been lost to time.

I enjoyed reading it, but found myself many times wondering what Swift's target or motivation was for writing certain passages. This edition won't help you out.

I wish to reread Tale of a Tub, but I will probably pick up a better annotated version.

Any suggestions for a well-annotated version. The Oxford Classics or maybe the Norton?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarcasm at its finest Jan. 18 2012
By John Daulton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
No wonder they make students read this everywhere. Funny and profound, it still works every bit as much, if not more so, today than when he wrote it. If for no other reason, read it because genius is just fun to watch in action.

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