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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*]( in 1726 as a satire on human nature. [Wikipedia]( also adds,> Published seven years after [Daniel Defoe]('s wildly successful [*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](, 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]( 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]( on the Smithsonian's website, and, in German, [Gullivers Reisen](

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