Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Dublin: One City, One Book
About the Book:
‘Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own’ Jonathan Swift
In the course of his extraordinary travels, Gulliver is captured by miniature people who wage war on each other because of a religious disagreement over how to crack eggs, is ill-treated by giants, visits a floating island, and decides that the society of horses is better than that of his fellow men.
Gulliver’s Travels  was written in the style of a contemporary travel book over 250 years ago by Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. It is at once a moral tale, and one of the greatest pieces of satirical writing in the English language. Like all true classics, it is still a work that has much to say about the human condition.
Read it and marvel at Swift’s portrayal of humanity’s unfailing capacity for foolishness and fruitless intrigue – encourage your children to read it as a fantastical adventure story – tell your friends about it and take the time to experience this iconic work of world literature which is forever linked with Dublin, City of Literature.
‘It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery’ John Gay author of The Beggar’s Opera
About the Author:
Jonathan Swift was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College and Oxford University. After working for a time as secretary to Sir William Temple in England, Swift was ordained as a priest of the Church of Ireland and returned to Dublin in 1694. In 1713 he became Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The first of his major satirical works, A Tale of a Tub, was published in 1704 and through his writing he became friends with the poet Alexander Pope. Together with other writers, they founded a literary group called the Martinus Scriblerus Club in 1714. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) is the only book for which he received any money and he never wrote under his own name. He died on 19 October 1745 and is buried in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Dublin: One City, One Book is an award-winning Dublin City Council initiative, led by Dublin City Libraries. The idea is a simple one. We want to encourage everyone to read a book connected with the capital city, either by subject or by author, during the month of April every year.
This initiative presents the opportunity to:
- promote reading for entertainment and educational purposes
- encourage people to use their local libraries and book clubs
- promote a city which boasts one of the world’s greatest literary heritages including four Nobel Laureates