Jonathan Swift Resources
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote some of the most brilliant satire in the English language, including his masterpiece Gulliver’s Travels.
In his 1946 article, “Politics vs. Literature: An Examination of Gulliver’s Travels,” George Orwell wrote, “If I had to make a list of six books which were to be preserved when all others were destroyed, I would certainly put Gulliver’s Travels among them.” As you read it, consider why Orwell may have felt this way.
Jonathan Swift resources available on our site:
The Gulliver Suite by Georg Philipp Telemann
When will you read Jonathan Swift’s writing in Excellence in Literature?
E1.9 Focus text: Gulliver’s Travels
The brief biography at the top of this page was adapted from A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, by John Cousin.