'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.
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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.
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.
‘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.
In addition to an introduction and helpful notes, this Broadview Edition includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe’s 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, explorations of solitude, and Defoe’s own writings on slavery and the African trade. A final appendix presents images of Crusoe’s rescue of Friday from a dozen of the most significant illustrated editions of the novel published between 1719 and 1920.
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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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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Nay, farther, the common motive of foreign adventures was taken away in me, for I had no fortune to make; I had nothing to seek: if I had gained ten thousand pounds I had been no richer; for I had already sufficient for me, and for those I had to leave it to; and what I had was visibly increasing; for, having no great family, I could not spend the income of what I had unless I would set up for an expensive way of living, such as a great family, servants, equipage, gaiety, and the like, which were things I had no notion of, or inclination to; so that I had nothing, indeed, to do but to sit still, and fully enjoy what I had got, and see it increase daily upon my hands. Yet all these things had no effect upon me, or at least not enough to resist the strong inclination I had to go abroad again, which hung about me like a chronic distemper. In particular, the desire of seeing my new plantation in the island, and the colony I left there, ran in my head continually. I dreamed of it all night, and my imagination ran upon it all day: it was uppermost in all my thoughts, and my fancy worked so steadily and strongly upon it that I talked of it in my sleep; in short, nothing could remove it out of my mind: it even broke so violently into all my discourses that it made my conversation tiresome, for I could talk of nothing else; all my discourse ran into it, even to impertinence; and I saw it myself.
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) trained for the ministry, became a political journalist, and finally, to many, became "the father of the English novel." He is also the author of Moll Flanders.
Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language.
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Robinson Crusoe is a classic children's novel based on a fictional autobiography of Robinson who sets sailing and becomes shipwrecked. He encounters pirates, cannibals and spends years as a castaway on a tropical island. The novel was first published in 1719 and is considered today as one of the world's best classics! This Mermaids Classics edition also includes the sequel to Robinson Crusoe which is titled "The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" where Robinson returns to the island where he was shipwrecked, adventures in Madagascar, Southeast Asia, China and Siberia.
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This edition of Robinson Crusoe includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by R. L. Fisher.
Caught in the howling turmoil of hurricane and tidal wave, a young gentleman merchant named Robinson Crusoe was flung onto the shore of a deserted tropical island. His ship--destroyed. His crew--dead. His location--unknown. The only human across the ocean--were savage cannibal tribes.
Crusoe was without food, without shelter, without supplies--and had never trained to live apart from the luxuries of civilization. But somehow, using only wreckage and his wit, Robison Crusoe would have to learn to survive. Without help. Without hope of rescue.
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In the journal he shares with us, the endearing, goatskin-clad castaway recounts the details of his lonely existence and his many adventures, including a fierce battle with cannibals and a daring rescue of Friday, the man who becomes his trusted servant and companion. Defoe's brilliant and imaginative use of detail renders Crusoe's island world utterly convincing. In reclaiming his humanity from the savagery of his circumstances, the hero humbly acquires the qualities of courage, patience, ingenuity, and industry.
Hailed as the first great English novel, Robinson Crusoe spawned legions of imitations, none of which surpass the original. All readers with a taste for adventure will relish this inexpensive edition of one of the most popular and influential books ever written.
The year is 1665 and the plague has come to London. The air is heavy with death, the body count is rising, and the death carts are filling quickly. Our unflinching eyewitness narrator, HF, recounts the gruesome realities of life in a city overrun by the Black Death. Terror and hysteria seize the city as disease runs rampant.
Blending fiction with journalism, Defoe re-creates the plague in all its horrifying detail. First published in 1722, A Journal of the Plague Year is one of the most chilling accounts of the plague ever written.
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"One day, about noon, going towards my boat, I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a man's naked foot on the shore, which was very plain to be seen on the sand."— Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, 1719
The novel has been variously read as an allegory for the development of civilisation, as a manifesto of economic individualism and as an expression of European colonial desires but it also shows the importance of repentance and illustrates the strength of Defoe's religious convictions.
It is also considered by many to be the first novel written in English. Early critics, such as Robert Louis Stevenson admired it saying that the footprint scene in Crusoe was one of the four greatest in English literature and most unforgettable; more prosaically, Dr. Wesley Vernon has seen the origins of forensic podiatry in this episode. It has inspired a new genre, the Robinsonade as works like Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) adapt its premise and has provoked modern postcolonial responses, including J. M. Coetzee's Foe (1986) and Michel Tournier's Vendredi ou les Limbes du Pacifique (in English, Friday, or, The Other Island) (1967).
Two sequels followed, Defoe's The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) and his Serious reflections during the life and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe: with his Vision of the angelick world (1720). Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) in part parodies Defoe's adventure novel.
Daniel Defoe (1660 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy, now most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and, along with others such as Samuel Richardson, is among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.
Daniel Foe (his original name) was probably born in the parish of St. Giles Cripplegate, London. Defoe later added the aristocratic-sounding "De" to his name and on occasion claimed descent from the family of De Beau Faux. His birthdate and birthplace are uncertain: sources offer dates of anywhere between 1659 to 1662; considered most likely to be 1660. His father, James Foe, was a prosperous tallow chandler and a member of the Butchers' Company. In Defoe's early life he experienced firsthand some of the most unusual occurrences in English history: in 1665, 70,000 were killed by the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London (1666) left standing only Defoe's and two other houses in his neighborhood. In 1667, when he was probably about 7, Dutch fleet sailed up the Medway via the River Thames and attacked Chatham. His mother Annie had died by the time he was about 10.
But it also furnished him with the material for his first book, and in his powerful depiction of private suffering and individual survival played out against a backdrop of public calamity we can trace the outlines of his later masterpieces such as A Journal of the Plague Year and Robinson Crusoe.
Actually written nearly 60 years later by Daniel Defoe, the Journal is narrated by a Londoner named "H. F.," who allegedly lived through the devastating effects of the pestilence and produced this eye witness account. Drawing on his considerable talents as both journalist and novelist, Defoe reconstructed events both historically and fictionally, incorporating realistic, memorable details that enable the novel to surpass even firsthand accounts in its air of authenticity. This verisimilitude is all the more remarkable since Defoe was only five years old when the actual events took place. Long a staple of college literature courses, A Journal of the Plague Year will fascinate students, teachers, and general readers alike.
Tradukis: A. Krafft. Korektis: Ulrich Becker.
Traduko de la koncizigita angla versio de la mondfama romano.
Kun belegaj nigraj-blankaj ilustraĵoj de Walter Paget, kreitaj antaŭ cent jaroj!
"Tiu ĉi Esperanto-klasikaĵo "Robinsono Kruso" estas granda atingaĵo por la usona merkato, ĉar ĝi estas la unua Esperanta libro tia, laŭ amplekso kaj ĝenro, publikigita tie ĉi. Ĝi estis kreata kun fervoro kaj insisto, kaj laŭ la kapablo de ĝiaj kreintoj. La originalan tradukon liveris la altestimata pastro A. Krafft. Ni estas konvinkitaj ke tiu ĉi libro trovos la favoron kaj plenumos la ekspektojn de la "Esperantistaro de Ameriko kaj tutmondo"; do ni entuziasme ofertas ĝin al la tuta mondo de legantoj. La ilustraĵoj de Walter Paĝet estas tre konvenaj al la teksto. Kvankam tiu koncizigita versio de Robinsono estis kreita por plaĉi al la legantoj plej junaj, la rakonto sendube trovos vastan disvastiĝon."
The acclaimed tale of a shipwrecked Englishman who finds himself stranded on an island off the coast of South America -- a story of survival, self-reliance, adventure, and faith.
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One of the bestselling books in history, Robinson Crusoe is credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction and is among the most compelling tales of survival the world has ever known.
Caught in a terrible hurricane, Robinson Crusoe finds himself shipwrecked on a remote island. At the mercy of nature and, worse, a horrifying solitude, Crusoe does his best to survive. Crafting his own tools, building his own shelter, and growing his own food, Crusoe does well protecting his body, but the weight of loneliness begins to ebb away at his mind. Too aware of the days, months, and years that have passed, Crusoe finally happens upon a footprint. His joy at discovering other people quickly turns to his horror when he discovers he shares this island with cannibals. Though he is longer alone in the world, is it enough to prevent the disappearance of the man once known as Crusoe? Can a man who has survived his horrors return to society?
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.
The 17th-century early-modern English text has been reproduced in an easier-to-read way – though still completely accurate and true to the original – with extra galleries and information as well as additional content like sea shanties and historical discoveries.
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Though attributed to a mysterious author known as Captain Charles Johnson, A GENERAL HISTORY carries its own cunningness with the author often attributed as a potential pseudonym of Robinson Crusoe writer Daniel Defoe.