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Please note that Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels may be listed by an alternate title, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts; By Lemuel Gulliver
Read or Search Swift's Gulliver's Travels Online
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Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Gulliver's Travels. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.
- British Writers [vols 2, 3, 4, 7]
- The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and
American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 2, 4]
- Cyclopedia of Literary Characters [vol 2]
- Cyclopedia of Literary Places [vol 2]
- Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 3]
- The Dictionary of Imaginary Places
- The Library of Literary Criticism [vol 3]
- Literature and Its Times [vol 1]
- Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
- [vols 1, 42, 101] - check under Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts; By Lemuel Gulliver in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
- Masterplots [vol 5]
- Novels for Students [vol 6]
- Social Protest Literature: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes
- Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
- [vol 126] - locate the topical essay "Law and Literature"
- World Literature and Its Times [vol 3]
Books & Audio/Visual Materials
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- Swift, Jonathan
- Gulliver's Travels
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Jonathan Swift (35 mnutes)
All that most people know of Swift is that he wrote Gullivers Travels. However, it is such an extraordinary work and has had such influence that it is not surprising that he wrote much else and lived an interesting and unusual life. Born to Protestant parents in Dublin, he attended Trinity College before working in England as a sort of advisor to chief government officials. Returning to Ireland as Dean of St. Patrick's Catherdral he became involved with two women, one of whom he may have married. Preserved letters revel a great deal about them. Swift's great knowledge of humanity is explained by his life and background.
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