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The Writer’s Almanac for November 30, 2016: November, 1967

Nov. 30, 2016: birthday: Johnathan Swift

It’s the birthday of Johnathan Swift (books by this author) born in Dublin (1667) Swift’s masterpiece was Gulliver’s Travels (1726), the story of a man journeying through a series of exotic places and meeting all kinds of strange creatures, including a race of miniature people, a race of giants, scholars who think so much that they constantly run into each other, immortals who can’t remember anything, wise and virtuous horses, and a disgusting race of beings called Yahoos, which he eventually realizes are humans. The novel was full of vicious inside jokes about the politicians of the day, and Swift was so nervous about publishing it that he dropped the manuscript off at the publisher’s house in the middle of the night.