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Gulliver's Travels (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – November 2, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition (November 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393957241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393957242
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ALBERT J. RIVERO is Professor of English at Marquette University. He is the author of The Plays of Henry Fielding: A Critical Study of His Dramatic Career, and editor of New Essays on Samuel Richardson, Augustan Subjects: Essays in Honor of Martin C. Battestin and Critical Essays of Henry Fielding.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By majormajormajormajor on November 2, 2013
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While other reviews seem focused on Swift's original novel, it would seem to me that anyone reading the reviews for this particular edition would be far more interested in the quality of the contents of the Norton Critical Edition, rather than the text itself. The text, after all, is a seminal classic satire, and even the worst printing and editing would find it very difficult to obscure it. Swift is brilliant, but that is not the focus of this review. Rather, I will be discussing the merits of this particular critical edition of his work.

This Norton Critical Edition is, as all Norton Critical Editions are, split up into three main parts - an authoritative version of the text with footnotes, a selection of works contemporary with the original text, and a selection of critical works dating from the original release down to the present.

The text is presented in its full form, complete with the original frontispiece, illustrations from the original edition, and footnotes where appropriate. The text is reproduced faithfully, and any decisions made by the editor are duly noted in footnotes. In fact, the editor has remained so true to the original text that he has retained the 18th century convention of capitalizing every single noun. This could, conceivably, be off-putting for some modern readers. Yet, for the scholarly audience doubtless intended for this edition, it seems appropriate that such a level of faithfulness be maintained. Indeed, the intended audience seems to color the entire volume, for, if a novice reader completely new to the text were to pick up the novel for the first time in this edition, the reader might find himself occasionally bewildered. The footnotes added by the editor are judicious, but perhaps too few.
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Wonderful book, but you have to read it with some knowledge of Swift's era and his attitude. It is NOT a book for the casual reader. The Norton edition is superb, with lots of editorial footnotes and plenty of contemporary and modern essays on the man, the book, and the era.

Howard Ferstler
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this book with all the nonsensical terms/names is extremely...well, ratchet.

It may be considered a classic but there is nothing inspiring about any portion of these stories. Not even the Jack Black movie version was entertaining.

Overall, not a great read
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By Nicholas I. on September 5, 2014
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Needed this for a neighbors daughter. Found It Here At A Great price
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