Gulliver's Travels (Longman Picture Classics)

Author:

Jonathan Swift

Publisher:

Longman

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Publisher

Longman

Publication Year 1993
ISBN-13

9780582088979

ISBN-10 0582088976
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 48 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 23 X 16.2 X 0.5
Weight (grms) 65

This is one of a series of classic stories retold in very easy English. The whole series comprises one level only, and uses a 500-word vocabulary as formulated for stage 1 of the "Longman Classics" series and stage 1 structures as specified in the "Longman Structural Readers Handbook". There are four pages of exercise material at the end of the text. The "Longman Picture Classics" are designed to be easier and of a lower level than stage 1 "Longman Classics". They are shorter, with less text in larger typeface and with illustrations on every double-page spread. In the first part of the satire, "Gulliver's Travels", Gulliver tells the tale of his shipwreck on the island of Lilliput, whose inhabitants are 15cms tall, and where everything is equally small. In the second part Gulliver finds himself in Brobdingnag where he meets the king. Eventually, Gulliver returns home where people are amazed by the tales of his travels.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was born on November 30, 1667, in Dublin, Ireland, the second child and only son in the family. His father died before he was born and his mother moved to England. His family was related to Sir Walter Raleigh and William Shakespeare. Left in the care of his wealthy Uncle Godwin, he was sent to Kilkenny College and then Dublin University. Later, his mother helped him get a job as an assistant of Sir William Temple, who sent him to London to meet with King William III. Jonathan earned his Master\'s Degree in 1692 from Oxford, then left to become an ordained priest. He proposed to a woman named Jane Waring, but she refused him and he returned to work with Temple, who died in 1699. It is rumored that Swift was married to Esther Johnson in 1716, but she was 16 years younger than him and it has never been proven. In 1704, he began to develop a reputation as a writer, also becoming politically active. It was in 1726, that Swift published \"Gulliver\'s Travels,\" which became an instant hit, with multiple printings. In 1742, he suffered a stroke losing the ability to speak, and began to go insane. Swift died on October 19, 1745, at the age of 77, in Dublin. There was a public viewing for the people of Dublin and he was buried in his own cathedral next to Esther. Most of his fortune went to found a hospital for the mentally ill. It opened in 1757 and still exists today.
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