When did people begin to regard Gulliver's Travels as a children's book?
Jonathan Swift published [*Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several Ships*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels) in 1726 as a satire on human nature. [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulliver%27s_Travels#Major_themes) also adds,> Published seven years after [Daniel Defoe](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Defoe)'s wildly successful [*Robinson Crusoe*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Crusoe), *Gulliver's Travels* may be read as a systematic rebuttal of Defoe's optimistic account of human capability.This is not the typical stuff that children's books are made of, but today, *Gulliver's Travels* is typically included in [lists of children's books](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_children%27s_classic_books), especially the parts situated in Lilliput and Brobdingnag. **When exactly did people begin treating *Gulliver's Travels* as a children's book?** The Wikipedia articles on the book itself and Jonathan Swift don't provide information about this, and a [search about the book's reception history](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22gulliver%27s+travels%22+%22children%27s+book%22+reception+history&t=ffab&ia=web) did not help either. There are a number of online articles and blogposts that point out that the back was not written as a children's book, but they don't say when the change in perception occurred. See for example [Gulliver’s Travels Wasn’t Meant to Be a Children’s Book And More Things You Didn’t Know About the Literary Classic](https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/eight-surprising-things-its-time-you-knew-about-gullivers-travels-180967328/) on the Smithsonian's website, and, in German, [Gullivers Reisen](http://cbuecherkiste.de/gullivers-reisen).
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