Jonathan Swift

These exquisite and collectible editions are published as a part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series. Designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, the series features editions that are bound in high-quality, colorful, and tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. After being shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes up to find that he is on the island of Lilliput, which is inhabited by little people whose height makes it seem ridiculous for them to argue about things like fashion and fame. The subsequent events in Gulliver’s life, such as his interactions with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos, provide him with new and sour insights into the behavior of humans. Swift’s savage satire depicts humanity as a diminished, magnified, and finally bestial species in a hall of mirrors, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves in the process.