The legendary story of a marine adventurer shipwrecked on a desert island
Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life for himself in solitude, until the day he discovers another man's footprint in the sand . . .
About the Author
DANIEL DEFOE was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. It was perhaps, ineveitable that Defoe, an outspoken man, would become a political journalist. As a Puritan he believed God had given him a mission to print the truth, that is, to proselytize on religion and politics, and in fact, he became a prolific pamphleteer satirizing the hypocrisies of both Church and State. Defoe admired William III, and his poem THE TRUE-BORN ENGLISHMAN (1701) won him the King's friendship. But an ill-timed satire on High Church extremists, THE SHORTEST WAY WITH THE DISSENTERS, published during Queen Anne's reign, resulted in his being pilloried and imprisoned for seditious libel in 1703. At fifty-nine Defoe turned to fiction, completing THE LIFE AND STRANGE SURPRISING ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE (1719), partly based on the saga of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor; MOLL FLANDERS (1722); Colonel Jack (1722); A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEARS (1722); and Roxana or the Fortunate Mistress (1724).
"Never since childhood have I been so thoroughly immersed in a book" -- Jim Crace Financial Times "An 18th-century reader, raised on a high-minded diet of elegy and pastoral, must have felt stunned on first encountering the jagged prose of a Daniel Defoe, with its street-wise populism and delight in the commonplace" -- Terry Eagleton "Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence" -- Simon Armitage Guardian "Defoe should surely be credited with inventing the English novel" Mail on Sunday "Defoe was an imaginative genius" -- John Carey Sunday Times
Series: Vintage Classics
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: January 2009
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.19