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A Journal of the Plague Year : World's Classics - Daniel Defoe

A Journal of the Plague Year

World's Classics

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Published: 15th November 2010
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Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year is an extraordinary account of the devastation and human suffering inflicted on the city of London by the Great Plague of 1665. Purporting to be an eye-witness, Defoe's fictional narrator recounts in vivid detail the rising death toll and the transformation of the city as its citizens flee and those who remain live in fear and despair. Above all it is the stories of appalling human suffering and grief that give Defoe's extraordinary fiction its compelling historical veracity. The lively Introduction relates the Journal to Defoe's best-known work, Robinson Crusoe, and draws on recent research into the publishing environment of the first edition. It considers the portrayal of London, depicted by Defoe as it was before the Great Fire, and to the book's device of fiction masquerading as fact. This edition also includes comprehensive explanatory notes, a map of Defoe's London, and a complete topographical index that enables the reader to track the Journal's complex references to London's streets, churches, alleyways, and prisons both before and after the Great Fire of 1666.

`Review from previous edition 'the best edition of the Journal we possess'' Pat Rogers

ISBN: 9780199572830
ISBN-10: 0199572836
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 15th November 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.9  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: Revised