Robinson Crusoe is the only man still alive when his ship is destroyed in a terrible storm. Washing up on a deserted island, he realizes that he is stranded, with no immediate hope of rescue. Displaying remarkable ingenuity, Crusoe builds a crude home, raises crops, and keeps track of the passing days with a rudimentary calendar. Loneliness is his greatest adversary until a tribe of cannibals arrives with their intended victims. When one of the prisoners escapes, Crusoe rescues him. The shipwrecked sailor and his newfound companion, Friday—named for the day of the week on which Crusoe first meets him—band together to vanquish the cannibals and leave the Island of Despair forever.
Based on the true accounts of eighteenth-century castaways, Robinson Crusoe popularized the then-new art form known as the novel. Nearly three hundred years after it was first published, it is still the rare classic with the power to thrill and edify in equal measure.
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Reprinted here in its entirety, this fascinating history abounds in tales of flamboyant outlaws and their bloody deeds: Captain Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard; Captain William Kidd, whose trial and execution created a sensation throughout London and the world; Bartholomew Roberts, one of the most successful pirates of the era, whose crews captured an estimated 400 prizes in three years; Mary Read and Anne Bonny, who disguised themselves as men to sail under the Jolly Roger with the ill-fated Captain John Rackham; and many more.
An engrossing blend of fact and fiction — incorporating Defoe's celebrated flair for journalistic detail — these lively tales of seafaring rogues and rascals and their ill-gotten gains will captivate armchair sailors, maritime enthusiasts and any lover of adventure on the high seas. This unique work has been edited by noted scholar Manuel Schonhorn, who has also supplied a provocative Postscript to the Dover Edition offering insights into the vast popularity of this subject in today's theater, movies, TV specials, magazine articles, lavish books, and maritime exhibitions. In an added "Note on the Author and the Text," Professor Schonhorn also examines the arguments for and against Defoe's very authorship of this important book.
• 28 beautiful color plates by N.C. Wyeth, Elenore Plaisted Abbott, and others.
• Another 17 black-and-white illustrations by artists from editions published from the 18th to the early 20th century.
• Author bio
Considered by many to be the first true English novel, Robinson Crusoe is the
original castaway story—one man shipwrecked on a desert island with
little but his wits and the available resources to sustain him. Written
in 1719 by Daniel Defoe and based in part on the true-life accounts of
actual marooned sailors of his day, the book was an immediate success
and spawned a new form of storytelling.
‘My true name is so well known in the Records or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work.’
Born into the seedy world of Newgate Prison and abandoned as a baby at six months old, Moll Flanders soon learns that she can only rely on herself. Her story is an unapologetic one of bigamy, prostitution and theft told in her own indomitable and alluring way. Scurrilous and incorrigible, the reader is left wondering whether Moll is merely a brazen criminal, or a victim or her own circumstance.
Defoe’s witty romp through the eighteenth-century underworld has much to say about the forces of good and evil and is undeniably one of his most satirical novels.
'It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.'
Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a remote and desolate island. As he struggles to piece together a life for himself, Crusoe's physical, moral and spiritual values are tested to the limit. For 24 years he remains in solitude and learns to tame and master the island, until he finally comes across another human being. Considered a classic literary masterpiece, and frequently interpreted as a comment on the British Imperialist approach at the time, Defoe's fable was and still is revered as the very first English novel.
* concise introductions to the novels and other works
* images of how the pamphlets first appeared, giving your EReader a taste of the original texts
* the complete novels and shorter fiction
* ROBINSON CRUSOE and other novels are fully illustrated
* packed full of images relating to Defoes life, works, places and film adaptations
* EVEN includes Defoes poetry and travel works
* includes all three volumes of Defoes enormous travel work A TOUR THRO THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN
* rare pamphlets and essays
* features the BONUS text of William Mintos biography of Defoe explore the writers literary world!
* scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Defoes immense oeuvre
Please note: due to the scarcity of some non-fiction works, this is a complete FICTIONAL works of Defoe, with a generous selection of non-fiction texts. As soon as other texts become available, they will be added as free updates for customers who have already purchased this eBook.
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THE FARTHER ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE
JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR
The Shorter Fiction
A TRUE RELATION OF THE APPARITION OF ONE MRS. VEAL
A SHORT NARRATIVE OF HIS GRACE JOHN, D. OF MARLBOROGH
THE KING OF PIRATES
MEMOIRS OF A CAVALIER
THE MEMOIRS OF MAJOR ALEXANDER RAMKINS
THE HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MR. DUNCAN CAMPBELL
THE PIRATE GOW
THE HISTORY OF THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF JOHN SHEPPARD
THE MILITARY MEMOIRS OF CAPTAIN GEORGE CARLETON
THE HISTORY OF THE PYRATES
THE TRUE-BORN ENGLISHMAN
HYMN TO THE PILLORY
The Travel Writing
A TOUR THRO THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN
A NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
AN ESSAY UPON PROJECTS
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE DEVIL
SERIOUS REFLECTIONS OF ROBINSON CRUSOE
THE COMPLETE ENGLISH TRADESMAN
OTHER PAMPHLETS AND ESSAYS
DANIEL DEFOE by WILLIAM MINTO
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Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island, until he meets Friday, a tribesman whom he saves from being sacrificed. Initially, Crusoe is thrilled to finally have a friend, but he has to defend himself against the tribe who uses the island to sacrifice tribesman to their gods. During time their relationship changes from master-slave to a mutual respected friendship despite their difference in culture and religion.
Daniel Defoe lived between 1660 and 1731, a period of much historical change in England. The rapidly changing economic and political circumstances in England helped create a vibrant middle class that was mercantilist, protestant, desirous of political power, and hungry for cultural life. Defoe was born into such a middle class family, the son of a fairly wealthy tallow chandler. He received an excellent education and lived a varied and eventful life. He worked, often at the same time, as a spy, hosier, journalist, political pamphleteer, and businessman. Defoe, however, is best remembered for his literary work. Regarded by many as the father of the English novel, Defoe published his masterpiece, Robinson Crusoe, in 1719. Three years later he cemented his reputation with the novel Moll Flanders.