Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

Gulliver's Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World

Jonathan Swift

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PART I.  A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT.

CHAPTER I.

The author gives some account of himself and family.  His first inducements to travel.  He is shipwrecked, and swims for his life.  Gets safe on shore in the country of Lilliput; is made a prisoner, and carried up the country.

My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire: I was the third of five sons.  He sent me to Emanuel College in Cambridge at fourteen years old, where I resided three years, and applied myself close to my studies; but the charge of maintaining me, although I had a very scanty allowance, being too great for a narrow fortune, I was bound apprentice to Mr. James Bates, an eminent surgeon in London, with whom I continued four years.  My father now and then sending me small sums of money, I laid them out in learning navigation, and other parts of the mathematics, useful to those who intend to travel, as I always believed it would be, some time or other, my fortune to do.  When I left Mr. Bates, I went down to my father: where, by the assistance of him and my uncle John, and some other relations, I got forty pounds, and a promise of thirty pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden: there I studied physic two years and seven months, knowing it would be useful in long voyages.

Soon after my return from Leyden, I was recommended by my good master, Mr. Bates, to be surgeon to the Swallow, Captain Abraham Pannel, commander; with whom I continued three years and a half, making a voyage or two into the Levant, and some other parts.  When I came back I resolved to settle in London; to which Mr. Bates, my master, encouraged me, and by him I was recommended to several patients.  I took part of a small house in the Old Jewry; and being advised to alter my condition, I married Mrs. Mary Burton, second daughter to Mr. Edmund Burton, hosier, in Newgate-street, with whom I received four hundred pounds for a portion.
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    Jonathan Swift è considerato tra i massimi esponenti della letteratura inglese, ed uno dei più grandi scrittori satirici mai esistiti. Figlio di genitori inglesi stabilitisi in Irlanda, Jonathan Swift, nasce il 30 novembre 1667 a Dublino, ma perde il padre a pochi mesi dalla nascita. La madre fa ritorno in Inghilterra nel 1673, mentre Jonathan, affidato agli zii, rimane a Dublino. Cresce in un ambiente estremamente povero, spesso oggetto di insulti e denigrazioni a causa della sua condizione sociale - aspetto che avrà profonda influenza sulle sue future idee sociali. Durante l'infanzia studia a Kilkenny, poi a Dublino, presso il Trinity College. Nel 1689, su consiglio della madre, si trasferisce in Inghilterra, dove trova un impiego come segretario del diplomatico e scrittore... Approfondisci
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