Fun Facts about Gulliver:
– Jonathan Swift is the world’s most misunderstood children’s writer.
– “Gulliver’s Travels” is in fact an audacious satire on the society in which Swift lived.
– The Lilliputians symbolize humankind’s wildly excessive pride in its own puny existence.
– As well as being a noted satirist, Swift became Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
– Since 1726 when it was published anonymously, Gulliver’s Travels has never been out of print.
– The Oxford English Dictionary lists Swift as the first person to use the word “cowboy”.
– “There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy,” Jonathan Swift
– In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift he predicted the existence of the two moons of Mars more than 100 years before they were discovered!
– Gulliver’s Travels was a huge bestseller in its day.
– The full title was Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships.
– “Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.” ― Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
– Swift died aged 77, leaving his money to found a hospital for the mentally ill.
– Jonathan Swift invented the girls’ name Vanessa.
– Swift coined the famous phrase ‘sweetness and light’.
– He may have been the author of a 1722 essay called ‘The Benefit of Farting Explain’d’.
– Gulliver’s Travels was published anonymously at first.
– Two maps were included in an early version of Gulliver’s Travels, and readers thought that the lands of Lilliput and Brobdingnag really did exist.
– It is generally thought that Gulliver’s Travels took Jonathan Swift more than six years to write.