My copy of Gulliver’s Travels is bare bones. No intro. No preface. No Editor’s notes. No footnotes. No endnotes. No sidenotes. No index. No nothing.
I suppose that’s all well and good. SWB doesn’t want us delving into a lot of analysis before we read these classics for the first time anyway.
BUT . . .
GT is a satire and I know not the first thing about 18th century British Politics. So that makes me asks the following question:
Should I be constantly checking with my husband and his Norton Critical Edition for Swift’s meaning, or should I be content to apply the satirical elements to human nature and times and places that I see fit?
Ruminate on this, dear friends. Ruminate.