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A Journal of the Plague Year: Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Edition)

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'\'This Norton Critical Edition of one of Defoe\\\"s most important works reprints the 1722 text, the only edition published in Defoe\\\"s lifetime

The authoritative text has been fully annotated and makes available a perennially popular novel, one that has often been mistaken for an actual eyewitness account of the last great plague in England.

\\\"Backgrounds\\\" encourages comparison of 1665 documents with those of the early 1720s, when England feared a new outbreak of the plague.

Included are official government orders and newspaper accounts as well as writings by Defoe, John Graunt, the College of Physicians, and others.

\\\"Contexts\\\" includes eight comparative pieces united by the theme of a community in crisis.

From Thucydides to Boccaccio to modern accounts by Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag, this collection represents some of the most celebrated observers and critics in western civilization who have seen what plagues reveal about human nature.

\\\"Criticism\\\" reprints seven of the best essays on the novel, including interpretations by Sir Walter Scott, Maximillian E. Novak, John J. Richetti, and John Bender, among others.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.\''

Synopsis:

This Norton Critical Edition of one of Defoe's most important works reprints the 1722 text, the only edition published in Defoe's lifetime.

Synopsis:

The authoritative text has been fully annotated and makes available a perennially popular novel, one that has often been mistaken for an actual eyewitness account of the last great plague in England.

"Backgrounds" encourages comparison of 1665 documents with those of the early 1720s, when England feared a new outbreak of the plague.

Included are official government orders and newspaper accounts as well as writings by Defoe, John Graunt, the College of Physicians, and others.

"Contexts" includes eight comparative pieces united by the theme of a community in crisis.

From Thucydides to Boccaccio to modern accounts by Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag, this collection represents some of the most celebrated observers and critics in western civilization who have seen what plagues reveal about human nature.

"Criticism" reprints seven of the best essays on the novel, including interpretations by Sir Walter Scott, Maximillian E. Novak, John J. Richetti, and John Bender, among others.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.

Synopsis:

Defoe's classic reconstruction of the Great Plague of 1665 is the most compelling account of natural disaster in all literature. Narrated by an imaginary 'Citizen who continued all the while in London', A Journal of the Plague Year scans the streets and alleyways of the stricken capital in its effort to record the appalling suffering of plague victims. At once horrifying and movingly compassionate, it is a nightmare vision of the modern city laid to waste.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [360]-361).

About the Author

Paula R. Backsheider is Professor of English at the University of Rochester, where she has taught since 1975. Her biography, Daniel Defoe: His Life, won the 1990 British Council Prize for the Best Book in the Humanities. She is also the author of Daniel Defoe: Ambition and Innovation; A Being More Intense: The Prose Works of Bunyan, Swift, and Defoe; and Moll Flanders: The Making of a Criminal Mind. She has written and edited other books and a number of articles on Defoe and eighteenth-century literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393961881
Editor:
Backsheider, Paula
Editor:
Backsheider, Paula
Editor:
Backsheider, Paula
Author:
Defoe, Daniel
Author:
Backsheider, Paula R.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
London
Subject:
Plague
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Defoe, daniel, 1661?-1731
Subject:
Plague -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Subject:
Plague -- England -- London -- History -- 17th century -- Fiction.
Subject:
Romance ingles
Subject:
Plague -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 360-361.
Series:
Norton Critical Edition
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.32x5.16x.78 in. .83 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393961881 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This Norton Critical Edition of one of Defoe's most important works reprints the 1722 text, the only edition published in Defoe's lifetime.
"Synopsis" by , The authoritative text has been fully annotated and makes available a perennially popular novel, one that has often been mistaken for an actual eyewitness account of the last great plague in England.

"Backgrounds" encourages comparison of 1665 documents with those of the early 1720s, when England feared a new outbreak of the plague.

Included are official government orders and newspaper accounts as well as writings by Defoe, John Graunt, the College of Physicians, and others.

"Contexts" includes eight comparative pieces united by the theme of a community in crisis.

From Thucydides to Boccaccio to modern accounts by Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, and Susan Sontag, this collection represents some of the most celebrated observers and critics in western civilization who have seen what plagues reveal about human nature.

"Criticism" reprints seven of the best essays on the novel, including interpretations by Sir Walter Scott, Maximillian E. Novak, John J. Richetti, and John Bender, among others.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
"Synopsis" by , Defoe's classic reconstruction of the Great Plague of 1665 is the most compelling account of natural disaster in all literature. Narrated by an imaginary 'Citizen who continued all the while in London', A Journal of the Plague Year scans the streets and alleyways of the stricken capital in its effort to record the appalling suffering of plague victims. At once horrifying and movingly compassionate, it is a nightmare vision of the modern city laid to waste.
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