Based on the 1722 first edition, this Norton critical edition of Daniel Defoe
's classic work includes annotations and an essay outlining its history. Documents on criminal transport, contemporary criminal accounts and colonial laws give context to the novel.
This Norton Critical Edition is again based on the first edition text (1722), the only text known to be Defoe s own. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and the editor s essay outlining the novel s textual history. Contexts collects related documents on criminal transport, contemporary accounts of lives of crime, and colonial laws as they applied to servants, slaves, and runaways. Criticism includes eleven interpretations by Juliet McMaster, Everett Zimmerman, Maximillian E. Novak, Henry Knight Miller, Ian A. Bell, Carol Kay, Paula B. Backscheider, John Rietz, Ann Louise Kibbie, John Richetti, and Ellen Pollak. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
(1660-1731) was an English novelist, pamphleteer, journalist and political agent. He is best known for his novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, and for his Journal of the Plague Year.