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'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.'
Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. In this scathing satire on the politics and morals of the 18th Century, Swift's condemnation of society and its institutions still resonates today.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was an Anglo-Irish satirist, poet and clergyman who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Swift is best known for his celebrated works A Tale of a Tub, Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal. He is widely regarded as the greatest prose satirist in the history of English literature.