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"The first thing that surprised me upon picking up a copy of Robinson Crusoe is how long ago it was written. It was published in 1721, when the American colonies were just that. Slavery was the unquestioned institution of the day, even in England; William Wilberforce wouldn't be born for another 40 years. Sailing ships from one place to another was still a very risky proposition; before finally being cast away on a Caribbean island for almost 30 years, Crusoe survives two other shipwrecks. Many scholars assume Defoe was influenced by the popular account of Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an island for four years the decade before." Doug Brown, Powells.com (Read the entire Powells.com review)

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Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God.

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"Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a novel, and even though there were books that we might now call novels published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype...Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read...the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future." (From the Introduction by John Mullan)

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Daniel Defoe (1659-1731) is often referred to as the founder of the English novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375757327
Author:
Defoe, Daniel
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction:
Theroux, Paul
Introduction:
Woolf, Virginia
Introduction:
Poe, Edgar Allen
Author:
Woolf, Virginia
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
Castaways
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Subject:
Crusoe, Robinson
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
96.12
Publication Date:
20010631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.03x5.21x.71 in. .54 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Modern Library - English 9780375757327 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The first thing that surprised me upon picking up a copy of Robinson Crusoe is how long ago it was written. It was published in 1721, when the American colonies were just that. Slavery was the unquestioned institution of the day, even in England; William Wilberforce wouldn't be born for another 40 years. Sailing ships from one place to another was still a very risky proposition; before finally being cast away on a Caribbean island for almost 30 years, Crusoe survives two other shipwrecks. Many scholars assume Defoe was influenced by the popular account of Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an island for four years the decade before." (Read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a novel, and even though there were books that we might now call novels published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype...Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read...the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future." (From the Introduction by John Mullan)
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