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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti
  

Robinson Crusoe

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The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an uninhabited island far away from any shipping routes. With patience and ingenuity, he transforms his island into a tropical paradise. For twenty-four years he has no human company, until one Friday, he rescues a prisoner from a boat of cannibals.

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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti

With Robinson Crusoe, Defoe wrote what is regarded as the first English novel, and created one of the most popular and enduring myths in literature. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all it is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island.

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Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a 'novel,
and even though there were books that we might now call

'novels'
published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype

. . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future. -from the Introduction by John Mullan Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a novel, and even though there were books that we might now call novels published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype . . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe s fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future. from the Introduction by John Mullan -Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a 'novel,
and even though there were books that we might now call

'novels'
published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype

. . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future.- -from the Introduction by John Mullan Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a 'novel,
and even though there were books that we might now call

'novels'
published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype

. . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future. -from the Introduction by John Mullan Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a novel, and even though there were books that we might now call novels published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype . . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe s fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future. from the Introduction by John Mullan


About the Author

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, secret agent, and political pamphleteer. He wrote on economics, history, biography and crime but is best remembered for his fiction, which includes Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724). John Richetti is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert of 18th-century literature and has published widely on the subject.

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Publication date

27th March 2003

Author

Daniel Defoe, John J. Richetti

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Publisher

Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
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ISBN

9780141439822

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