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When did people begin to regard Gulliver's Travels as a children's book?

After a few more searches, I discovered the blog post Curator's Choice: Gulliver's Travels on the Toronto Reference Library Blog (21 April 2016). This blog post mentions an abridged edition for ...
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In Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", Gulliver claims that 'princes seldom get their meat hot'. What does Gulliver (and Swift) mean by that?

Elaborate banquets were fashionable among the European aristocracy in the eighteenth century when Swift was writing Gulliver’s Travels: In comparison with today’s food preparation, however, the ...
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How do you pronounce Houyhnhnm?

The word's origin is in mimicking the whinny of a horse, which is after all what the Houyhnhnms are. To my knowledge Swift never gave more specific pronunciation guides than that. There's probably no ...
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