Historical appendices relate to eighteenth-century Virginia and Maryland and contemporary crime, punishment, and imprisonment.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 399.16g
- 31 Dec 2015
- Broadview Press Ltd
- Peterborough, Canada
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Historical appendices relate to eighteenth-century Virginia and Maryland and to contemporary crime, punishment, and imprisonment.
"Jack cuts a wider swath across the social and political geography of his times than any of Defoe's other protagonists. Abandoned at birth, he rises from homeless London street urchin to wealthy Virginia planter. Along the way, by a 'long series of Changes and Turns, ' he is among other things a sneak thief and robber; kidnapped into slavery; the overseer and then master of slaves; a captive, variously, of the French and the Spanish; a parvenu returned to Europe intent on fashioning himself into a gentleman; an officer in the French army and then in the service of the Pretender; a fugitive who has not once but twice taken up arms against the English crown; a merchant engaged in illicit trade with Latin America; and five times the husband of four women in England, Italy, France, and Virginia, all of whom betray him. Of labile and elusive identity, he can pass for a Frenchman among his countrymen and a Spaniard among Spaniards. This scrupulous and meticulous edition provides, with its immensely useful annotation, rich and valuable historical context for an often undervalued novel." -- Lincoln Faller, University of Michigan
"Colonel Jack, the poor stepchild among the books of Defoe's major period of fiction writing, has finally gotten the modern edition it deserves. Freshly edited and splendidly introduced by Gabriel Cervantes and Geoffrey Sill, this edition has just the right mix of contemporary writings on trade, criminality, Jacobitism, and marriage to enable modern readers to recover the rich transatlantic world that Defoe inscribes. I cannot wait to bring this edition into the classroom." -- John O'Brien, University of Virginia
About Daniel Defoe
Gabriel Cervantes is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas, USA.
Geoffrey Sill is Professor of English at Rutgers University, USA and the co-editor of the Broadview Edition of Frances Burney's The Witlings and The Woman-Hater.