With 'Robinson Crusoe', Defoe became the author of one of the earliest English novels and created one of the most famous and resonant myths in literature. This gripping adventure story begins as Crusoe leaves the English coast for Africa and finds himself the sole survivor of a shipwreck. On the desert island he comes across another human footprint on the shore, encounters cannibals, and befriends a native he calls Friday. Crusoe's story is also an account of one man's physical survival and his psychological and spiritual development in an alienating and dangerous solitude.
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"This edition greatly enriches the reader's appreciation of Robinson Crusoe both as a classic that transcends its historical origins and as a text that reflects a specific historical context. In each role, the novel can be viewed from many perspectives, ranging from those embodied in other writings by Defoe and his contemporaries to later ideas about psychology, economics, religion, and post-colonialism, and the introduction and appendices give the reader access to an extraordinarily copious array of these perspectives. The introduction, moreover, goes well beyond compiling viewpoints: while elegantly marshaling information, Evan R. Davis also contests received opinion and offers fresh insights. This is an extremely useful edition for students, general readers, and even those already well-acquainted with Defoe."--Oscar KenshurFrom the Publisher:
Contains an 8-page plate section with long-unavailable pictures and drawings relating to Daniel Defoe and Robinson Crusoe. Thoroughly edited and extensively annotated. Includes a 10,000-word section on Daniel Defoe's life and works, with a longer chapter on Robinson Crusoe, anecdotes, critical perspectives, adaptations and spin-offs. Lavishly produced on natural, high-quality paper, and affordably priced.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140437614
Book Description Penguin Classics. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0140437614 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0061786
Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140437614