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on 28 January 2015
After many years of wanting to read Daniel Defoe’s Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress, I have just finished this classic and I really enjoyed it.
Daniel Defoe who lived from 1660 – 1731, was a fascinating historical figure: he was a rebel in Monmouth’s Rebellion in 1685, to his work as a spy, and his books A Journal of the Plague Year and Moll Flanders. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Published in 1724, and in the first-person as a memoir, “Roxana” describes her youth, marriage to a man she constantly refers to as “a fool” and the dire straits she found herself in following her abandonment by this man (the brewer).
I would, however, recommend potential readers seek the full 1745 edition – as this gives a fuller ending (a common cause for complaint is the abruptness of the ending in the original and in the abridged versions). I also disagree with those ready to label this "feminist" or "proto-feminist" as this book was very much before the movement began. Yes, "Roxana" becomes a woman of independent means, but in my opinion, it is surely wrong to use a 20th-century label on an 18th-century book.