Reading Gulliver: Essays in celebration of Jonathan Swift's Classic
Given the connection of Dean Jonathan Swift with Dublin - and his place in the literary heritage of the city - it is particularly pleasing to present this collection of essays on his immortal classic, Gulliver's Travels, specially commissioned by Dublin City Libraries.
"First published nearly 300 years ago, in 1726, it remains one of the great satirical masterpieces of English literature. Written in a style of a contemporary travel book, Gulliver's travels has appeal for readers of many levels, savagely lampooning the politics, religious bigotry and social mores of Swift's own time - and still, after so many years, having much to say about the human condition. Swift's work has also been enjoyed by generation upon generation of children as a wonderful story of adventure and fantasy, indeed there can hardly be a child who is not familiar with the image of the giant Gulliver dwarfing the little people of Lilliput."
Extract from Foreword by Deirdre Ellis-King, Dublin City Librarian (1985 - 2010)
Table of Contents:
Swift and Dublin /Ian Campbell Ross
Some thoughts on Gulliver's travels /Andrew Carpenter
Lemuel Gulliver's children /Mary Shine Thompson
Picturing Gulliver /Valerie Coghlan
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, 2004 /Celia Keenan
Dublin City Public Libraries' Swift collection /Máire Kennedy
Influence of Jonathan Swift on Anglo-Irish writing /Eibhlín Evans.
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