1726 – The novel Gulliver’s Travels is first published
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 is a 1726 prose satire by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift.
Satirising both human nature and the “travellers’ tales” literary subgenre and first published on the28th October 1726. It is Swift’s best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.
Swift claimed that he wrote Gulliver’s Travels “to vex the world rather than divert it”.
The book was an immediate success. The English dramatist John Gay remarked “It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery.”
Extra Note: The standard edition of Jonathan Swift’s prose works as of 2005 is the Prose Writings in 16 volumes, edited by Herbert Davis.
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