The Origins of Gulliver's Travels

  title={The Origins of Gulliver's Travels},
  author={Irvin Ehrenpreis},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={880 - 999}
  • Irvin Ehrenpreis
  • Published 1 December 1957
  • History, Linguistics, Art
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Until the publication of The Letters of Jonathan Swift to Charles Ford, literary scholars thought that Swift wrote Gulliver's Travels between 1715 and 1720, a period when he published almost nothing. His starting point was, they believed, sketches made up by the Scriblerus group—Pope, Swift, and others—in 1713 and 1714, and finally produced by Pope in 1741. Then D. Nichol Smith, in his edition of the Ford letters, proved that Swift wrote Part i of Gulliver in about 1721–22, Part ii around 1722… 

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