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Robinson Crusoe

By (author) Daniel Defoe , Illustrated by George Cruikshank , Afterword by Ned Halley

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Robinson Crusoe is among the first novels written in English. Thanks to its extraordinary realism and drama, it is easily the longest-enduring work of popular fiction in the language. The story, probably based on the Pacific-island ordeal of castaway Alexander Selkirk, was presented by Daniel Defoe as a true account, and is utterly convincing in its topography, action and character, even 300 years after its first publication. Robinson Crusoe is a true page-turner: Dr Samuel Johnson said it was one of only three books he had read that would have been better for being longer. Illustrated by George Cruikshank, with an Afterword by Ned Halley.

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 96 x 152 x 10mm | 158.76g
  • 01 Mar 2011
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Macmillan Collector's Library
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1907360190
  • 9781907360190
  • 36,057

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Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), son of a London butcher, James Foe, took the pen name Defoe in 1703, the year he was pilloried and jailed for publishing a notorious attack on the religious hypocrisy and intolerance of the English political class. His imprisonment ruined his lucrative trade as a merchant but made him a popular figure with the public. Freed by the intervention of rising statesman Robert Harley, Defoe became a renowned journalist, but also a government spy. Robinson Crusoe, his first work of fiction, was published in his sixtieth year, but was soon followed by other lasting novels, including The Life and Adventures of Mr Duncan Campbell, Moll Flanders, A Journal of the Plague Year and Roxana.

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