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Art and Images in Psychiatry
March 2005

Gulliver’s Travels: The Struldbruggs

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(3):243-244. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.3.243

Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World(Gulliver’s Travels) is Jonathan Swift’s (1667-1745) best-known satirical work. It was written, as he confided to Alexander Pope, to vex the world rather than divert it.1(pviii)The story, published under the pseudonym Lemuel Gulliver, follows Gulliver’s return home after his final voyage around the world; it is divided into 4 parts, each describing a different journey. First published on October 28, 1726, Gulliver’s Travels was an immediate success and was reprinted twice, in November and December of the year of its publication, to meet popular demand. Within a year it was translated into Dutch, French, and German. It remains popular 3 centuries after its first publication and has been illustrated many times.

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