Jonathan Swift and Gulliver's Travels stone plaque in Banbury

Gulliver's Travels

Johnathon Swift's preface to readers in the first edition of his famous Gulliver's Travels 1726.

Remarks "I have observed in the church yard at Banbury several tombs and monuments of the Gulliver's".

The original tombstones no longer exist. A later one bearing this old Banbury name lies near to this plaque.

Jonathan Swift (30 November 1667 – 19 October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for the Whigs, then for the Tories), poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is regarded by the Encyclopædia Britannica as the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift originally published all of his works under pseudonyms – such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, MB Drapier – or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire: the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

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