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A Journal of the Plague Year (Modern Library Classics)by Daniel Defoe
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Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.
Defoe's rendering of Great Plague of London (1664-65) was first published in 1722. In it Defoe describes, with masterly detail, the horrifying daily events in London as it was besieged by bubonic plague and attendant ills. A work that walks the line between fiction and nonfiction and remains one of the great fictionalized historical narratives of all time.
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