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The haunting cry of a bell-ringing collector of plague victims, "Bring out your dead!", has echoed across the centuries. It survives in historical consciousness thanks to this classic 1722 account (long a staple of college literature courses) of the epidemic of bubonic plague that ravaged England nearly 60 years earlier. A child of 5 in the plague year, Daniel Defore applied his considerable talents as both a journalist and a novelist to this historical and fictional reconstruction of the Great Plague of London in 1664-1665. Written in the form of an eyewitness report by a Londoner named "H. F.," Defoe's novel abounds in memorable and realistic details, surpassing even firsthand accounts in its air of authenticity.

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Paula R. Backsheider is Professor of English at the University of Rochester, where she has taught since 1975. Her biography, Daniel Defoe: His Life, won the 1990 British Council Prize for the Best Book in the Humanities. She is also the author of Daniel Defoe: Ambition and Innovation; A Being More Intense: The Prose Works of Bunyan, Swift, and Defoe; and Moll Flanders: The Making of a Criminal Mind. She has written and edited other books and a number of articles on Defoe and eighteenth-century literature.

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