Gulliver's Travels is a novel by Irish writer and clergyman
Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody
of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best
known full-length work, and a classic of English literature. The
book became popular as soon as it was published (John Gay wrote in
a 1726 letter to Swift that "It is universally read, from the
cabinet council to the nursery"); since then, it has never been out
of print. Of equal interest is the character of Gulliver himself -
he progresses from a cheery optimist at the start of the first part
to the pompous misanthrope of the book's conclusion and we may well
have to filter our understanding of the work if we are to believe
the final misanthrope wrote the whole work. In this sense
Gulliver's Travels is a very modern and complex novel. There are
subtle shifts throughout the book, such as when Gulliver begins to
see all humans, not just those in Houyhnhnm-land, as Yahoos.
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