One of the most appealing heroines of English literature, Moll Flanders is born in 17th century Newgate Prison. Even so, the young girl determines to face life head-on and raise herself out of abject poverty. This is the story of her pluck—and how it pays off.
Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. It was perhaps inevitable that Defoe, an outspoken man, would become a political journalist. As a Puritan he believed God had given him a mission to print the truth, that is,… More about Daniel Defoe
“The brilliance of Moll Flanders, and of the best of Defoe’s other novels, is that they dramatize the uncertainty that goes with the opportunism, and show us a world in which, if you can make yourself, you can lose yourself too.” –from the Introduction by John Mullan