A Journal Of The Plague Year

byDaniel DefoeIntroduction byJason Goodwin

November 13, 2001|
A Journal Of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe
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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.
Jason Goodwin''s works include Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire; A Time for Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea; and On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul.
Title:A Journal Of The Plague Year
Product dimensions:272 pages, 7.98 X 5.25 X 0.59 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 7.98 X 5.25 X 0.59 in
Published:November 13, 2001
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780375757891

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