Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe
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Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history and his story has inspired hundreds of retellings. This title includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe's 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, and Defoe's own writings on slavery and the African trade.

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This adventure classic is now available in an edition that provides abundant additional material on its historical, literary, and economic contexts. Robinson Crusoe is one of the most famous literary characters in history and his story has inspired hundreds of retellings. Inspired by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who lived for several years on a Pacific island, the novel tells the story of Crusoe's survival after shipwreck on an island, interaction with the island's native inhabitants, and eventual rescue. Read variously as economic fable, religious allegory, or imperialist fantasy, Crusoe has never lost its appeal as one of the most compelling adventure stories of all time. In addition to an introduction and helpful notes, this Broadview Edition includes a wide range of appendices that situate Defoe's 1719 novel amidst castaway narratives, economic treatises, reports of cannibalism, explorations of solitude and Defoe's own writings on slavery and the African trade. A final appendix presents images of Crusoe's rescue of Friday from a dozen of the most significant illustrated editions of the novel published between 1719 and 1920.

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“This edition greatly enriches the reader's appreciation of Robinson Crusoe both as a classic that transcends its historical origins and as a text that reflects a specific historical context. In each role, the novel can be viewed from many perspectives, ranging from those embodied in other writings by Defoe and his contemporaries to later ideas about psychology, economics, religion, and post-colonialism, and the introduction and appendices give the reader access to an extraordinarily copious array of these perspectives. The introduction, moreover, goes well beyond compiling viewpoints: while elegantly marshaling information, Evan R. Davis also contests received opinion and offers fresh insights. This is an extremely useful edition for students, general readers, and even those already well-acquainted with Defoe.”—Oscar Kenshur

Author Biography

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was a British novelist and journalist. Evan R. Davis is Associate Professor of English at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia.

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