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Nov 13, 2001
| ISBN 9780375757891
Jul 11, 2012
| ISBN 9780307822802
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Nov 13, 2001 | ISBN 9780375757891
Jul 11, 2012 | ISBN 9780307822802
Defoe’s account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe’s own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe’s narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe’s Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written.This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.
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
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