A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain

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Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.

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Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731), one of the most famous writers in English literature, was born in London, the son of James Foe, a butcher. It was Daniel who changed his name to De Foe or Defoe in about 1705. He was interested in politics and opposed King James II. After the Glorious Revolution in 1688 and William III was on the throne, Defoe became one of his personal friends. He became a writer for the government and a satircal writer on various social issues of the time. He turned to full time writing after hearing the inspirational story of a sailor who was rescued after living alone on a desert island in the Pacific, the result being his first novel ROBINSON CRUSOE. Several other adventure stories followed, including MOLL FLANDERS.

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In 1724 Daniel Defoe set out on a journey. It was a journey which was to last two years and take him from Land's End to the Scottish Highlands. G.M. Trevelyan described it as "a treasure indeed". Defoe describes his book as giving "a particular and dirverting account of whatever is curious and worth observation". His remarkable gift for observation and his poetic vision produced a superb account of thirteen tours taken across Britain. Written just before the impact of the Industrial Revolution Defoe captures a way of life that was soon to disappear forever. In this new edition, Defoe's travels are illustrated with the photographs of Simon Mcbride.

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