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Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)
Gulliver's travels.
Travels into several remote nations of the world. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, first a surgeon, and then a captain of several ships.
London : B. Motte, 1726.

Image from Gulliver's Travels

Swift's satirical masterpiece Gulliver's Travels occupies an unusual place in English literature. Modelled on travel literature it provides a penetrating and at times hilarious analysis of early modern society and its follies and failings. Of particular interest is the critique of the new science in the Voyage to Laputa which plunders the writings of Robert Boyle and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Of course, in the internet age we are constantly reminded of Swift who first introduced the term 'Yahoo' in this work.

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