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---Brief Summary of Gulliver's travels---

Lemuel Gulliver was the third of three sons and lived in his father’s estate in Nottinghamshire, until he was sent to Emmanuel College in Cambridge at the age of fourteen. Gulliver remained in this college for three years until it became too expensive for him to remain there. Gulliver then became apprentice to Mr. James Bates, a surgeon in London. Gulliver remained with him around four years, using allowances sent to him by his father to learn about navigating and other areas of mathematics. In his book Gulliver explains that his reason for learning navigation was that he always believed it would be, some time or other, his fortune to travel. Once he left Mr. Bates Gulliver returned home and his father who, along with some relatives, had gathered together the necessary funds to pay for Gulliver’s education in Leyden where he studied physic for two years and seven months. After his return from Leyden he was recommended by his master, Mr. Bates, to be a surgeon to the Swallow’ under the command of Captain Abraham Pannel, with whom Gulliver continued working for three and a half years. During this time Gulliver made several journeys into the Levant and other areas of the Mediterranean Sea before returning to London in order to practice as a surgeon. Gulliver eventually married Mrs. Mary Burton, second daughter to a Mr. Edmund Burton. Two years later James Bates died and Gulliver’s surgery began to fail. Gulliver then sought employment on the sea. He worked aboard two ships and made several voyages for six years to the East and West Indies. Gulliver was born in Nottinghamshire, where his father had a small estate, however, Gulliver's family, is said to have originated in Oxfordshire. He studied at Emmanuel College in Cambridge, and then leaving to become an apprentice to an eminent London surgeon, he then studied at a Dutch medical school. Gulliver also studied in navigation and mathematics, leaving the University around 1685. Gulliver travelled less remarkably to the Levant, and later to the East Indies and West Indies. Between his travels he married Mary Burton. Gulliver’s travels begin in 1699, and ended approximately 1715, Gulliver changed his personality, and became very reclusive and was offended by contact with any human being. He claims he wrote his memoirs five years following his last return to England. The earliest editions of the Gullivers travel's credited Gulliver as the author, whom many believed to be a real person. Swift, "an Anglican clergyman", published a lot of his work anonymously.

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