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Jonathan Swift


Author of books including the famous Gulliver's Travels, a notable political satire as well as travel book! If you'd like to get a copy of this as a downloadable, you can get this from Gutenberg

Jonathan Swift was ahead of his time in coining the term "yahoo" meaning an uncultured oaf.

Gulliver's Travels, often assumed to be just a children's story about the two places (Lilliput where the people are very small, and Brobdingnag where the people are very big), is somewhat more involved, as Gulliver travels to a variety of curious places. Titles include: A Voyage to Lilliput, A Voyage to Brobdingnag, A Voyage to Laputa, Balnobarbi, Glubbdubdrib, Luggnagg, and Japan, and A Voyage to the Land of the Houyhnhnms. Although these are mainly stories about fantasy places, they have points which exemplify human society, set during the 18th Century, but much of it relevant to the 21st Century.

As soon as you mention Gulliver, folks immediately recall the association with Travels, so it's no surprise there are travel companies with names such as Gulliver's Travel Services!