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A Journal of the Plague Year
A Journal of the Plague Year is a semi-fictional account of one Londoner's experiences during the year of the great plague. For various reasons, the narrator chose not to flee the city when most other members of the wealthy classes were rushing into the countryside. Thus, he viewed first-hand the terrible effects of the plague, beginning with the first reports of infestation in 1663, its gradual spread throughout the city, and finally the chaos that ...
A Visitation of the Plague
Daniel Defoe (1661-1731) wrote 'A Journal of the Plague Year' in 1722, now considered one of the great early English novels. This Penguin Classic excerpt re-introduces this great work to a new audience, and captures the flavour of the times and events of 1665, the year of the Great Plague of London. Although Defoe was only five years old at the time of the events, it is written as an eye-witness account, and is a gripping observation of the reactions of ...
Moll Flanders
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders is a tale that if Moll were alive today, she would probably be a guest on Jerry Springer. Moll's struggles include orphaned at an early age, made a servant, a mistress, prostitution, a thief, becoming a mother (but shows poor plotting by Dafoe, since some children seem to just disappear for the sake of story), dabbling with lesbianism, imprisoned and banished to the Americas, incest and a happy ending. Ente...
Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe tells the story of his life on an island for 27 seven years. He learns to survive for more than 20 years there, until one day he finds a human foot print which is not his, and he's scared to death by the discovery: he knows he's surrounded by canibal barbarians living on the opposite shore of the island. Soon after, he witnesses a human sacrifice, but one of the preys escape from this slashing. Robinson rescues him, and names his new ser...

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