A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain

A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Daniel Defoe, By (author) Pat Rodgers

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 41mm | 529g
  • Publication date: 1 September 1978
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140430660
  • ISBN 13: 9780140430660
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, map, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 293,504

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This book covers Britain in the early eighteenth century. It provides an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.

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Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731), one of the most famous writers in English literature, was born in London, the son of James Foe, a butcher. It was Daniel who changed his name to De Foe or Defoe in about 1705. He was interested in politics and opposed King James II. After the Glorious Revolution in 1688 and William III was on the throne, Defoe became one of his personal friends. He became a writer for the government and a satircal writer on various social issues of the time. He turned to full time writing after hearing the inspirational story of a sailor who was rescued after living alone on a desert island in the Pacific, the result being his first novel ROBINSON CRUSOE. Several other adventure stories followed, including MOLL FLANDERS.