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2017.08.03 Anniversary of Jonathan Swift – Swift350
Throughout 2017, Dublin is celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of Jonathan Swift, the most popular author in the Republic of Ireland. At Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin), events have been taking place to celebrate the birth of the author who wrote ‘Gulliver's Travels'. This university has a famous library with a history and tradition of 400 years and beautiful, one-of-a-kind architecture.

In ‘Gulliver's Travels', Swift has the protagonist, Gulliver, visit Japan in May 1709, when Japan would have been closed off from the rest of the world. Japan is the only country known to be mentioned in ‘Gulliver’s Travels'. In the 1986 Japanese animated movie ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky' by Hayao Miyazaki, a boy named Pazu tells that Laputa came from the story of ‘Gulliver's Travels'. Doshisha University's Nobuhiro Nakamura takes a closer look at ‘Gulliver's Travels' and ‘Laputa: Castle in the Sky' in an online report.

WorldCat (world catalog), produced by the Online Computer Library Center, is a ‘global library co-operative headquartered in Dublin, Ohio'. According to The Irish Times reporter Lorcan Dempsey, the WorldCat database says that ‘Jonathan Swift is the most popular Irish author', and ‘Gulliver's Travels', Swift's best-known work, ‘is the most popular work by an Irish author in world literature’. Dempsey comments, ‘It is a particularly timely finding as Dublin is marking the 350th anniversary of Swift's birth with its Swift350 celebration throughout 2017.’

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