Introduction

Daniel Cook, Nicholas Seager

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Abstract

The introduction recounts the life and writing career of Jonathan Swift, centred on his authorship of Gulliver’s Travels (1726). It provides an overview of the action of Swift’s masterpiece, placing the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver in parallel to the events of Swift’s life: his education, early career as secretary to William Temple, forays into satire, political writings during Anne’s reign, and Irish writings in the decade before he published Gulliver. The introduction establishes the circumstances of its publication, the different states of the text (and its paratexts), and some of the main critical attitudes to the work. It summarises the chapters within the volume.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Gulliver’s Travels
EditorsDaniel Cook, Nicholas Seager
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781108909488
ISBN (Print)9781108830195 (hbk), 9781108822008 (pbk)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions to Literature

Keywords

  • Jonathan Swift
  • biography
  • career
  • Lemuel Gulliver
  • text

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  • Further Voyages

    Cook, D., 2023, The Cambridge Companion to Gulliver’s Travels. Cook, D. & Seager, N. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 192-205 14 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Gulliver's Travels

    Cook, D. (ed.) & Seager, N. (ed.), 2023, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 228 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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  • Marsh's Library

    Daniel Cook (Visiting researcher)

    Jan 2023Feb 2023

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  • University of Oxford

    Daniel Cook (Visiting researcher)

    20202022

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