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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library; Main Market Ed. edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907360190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907360190
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.9 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Defoe was a Londoner, born in 1660 at St Giles, Cripplegate, and son of James Foe, a tallow-chandler. He changed his name to Defoe from c. 1695. He was educated for the Presbyterian Ministry at Morton's Academy for Dissenters at Newington Green, but in 1682 he abandoned this plan and became a hosiery merchant in Cornhill. After serving briefly as a soldier in the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion, he became well established as a merchant and travelled widely in England, as well as on the Continent.

Between 1697 and 1701 he served as a secret agent for William III in England and Scotland, and between 1703 and 1714 for Harley and other ministers. During the latter period he also, single-handed, produced the Review, a pro-government newspaper. A prolific and versatile writer he produced some 500 books on a wide variety of topics, including politics, geography, crime, religion, economics, marriage, psychology and superstition. He delighted in role-playing and disguise, a skill he used to great effect as a secret agent, and in his writing he often adopted a pseudonym or another personality for rhetorical impact.

His first extant political tract (against James II) was published in 1688, and in 1701 appeared his satirical poem The True-Born Englishman, which was a bestseller. Two years later he was arrested for The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters, an ironical satire on High Church extremism, committed to Newgate and pilloried. He turned to fiction relatively late in life and in 1719 published his great imaginative work, Robinson Crusoe. This was followed in 1722 by Moll Flanders and A Journal of the Plague Year, and in 1724 by his last novel, Roxana.

His other works include A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain, a guide-book in three volumes (1724-6; abridged Penguin edition, 1965), The Complete English Tradesman (1726), Augusta Triumphans, (1728), A Plan of the English Commerce (1728) and The Complete English Gentleman (not published until 1890). He died on 24 April 1731. Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.


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"Beyond the end of "Robinson Crusoe" is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a 'novel, ' and even though there were books that we might now call 'novels' published before it, "Robinson Crusoe" has made itself into a prototype . . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future." -from the Introduction by John Mullan

"From the Hardcover edition." --from the Introduction by John Mullan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The legendary story of a marine adventurer shipwrecked on a desert island --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. M. Rogers on 11 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not quite sure what the other reviewers of this text expected from the world's oldest English novel. I do feel that they may think that it does not live up to the film / television versions.

However, if one reads from the understanding that this text is almost 300 years old, and that to truly understand it properly, you need an 'AS' or 'A' levels or higher in English; then in the context of the period it stands out as a true work of the writers' art.

If you want a Hollywood romp, then watch the DVD. If you want to learn how and why Daniel Defoe wrote this, then this book is a good place to start, with excellent notes and an introductory essay by Oxford University academics.
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By Jenny on 24 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Considering that there actually isn't much of a plot with this book I was still utterly engaged from beginning to end. It's not an edge-of-your-seat type of drama but the writing is so excellent that you are compelled to keep reading - and thinking. Read it! Even if you think you know the story.

A note on the OneWorld Classics edition - spelling has been modernised which for me personally was a negative to this edition. Notes are sparse but satisfactory.
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Arcturus Classic Publications has produced one of the better budget priced paperback versions of this classic by Daniel Defoe.This copy contains illustrations by George Cruikshank from the 1831 edition (Shakespeare Press). Highly recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Hewitt on 15 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully presented book with fantastic drawings. The subject matter is written thoughtfully and at an adult level. As a gift, this worked perfectly.
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By Ali_M. on 4 Mar. 2014
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I last read this book over forty years ago, I have just finished reading it again and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a tale of boys own stuff, I feel that it's a book everyone should read.
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By Rm Burrell on 24 Jun. 2014
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The Collectors Edition is nicely produced book, clear print and can be stuffed in a pocket for train journeys too.
A good read though the C17 language is a bit challenging.
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The book received was a different cover, much duller with no illustrations which may have been in the hardback version only. Content and condition was OK for a secondhand book
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I liked this story and the element of it being original. You almost get lost in the island life of survival. It easy to follow and I would recommend it for a holiday book.
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