A Journal of the Plague Year

November 9, 2001|
A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

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The haunting cry of "Bring out your dead " by a bell-ringing collector of 17th-century plague victims has filled readers across the centuries with cold terror. The chilling cry survives in historical consciousness largely as a result of this classic 1722 account of the epidemic of bubonic plague -- known as the Black Death -- that ravaged England in 1664-1665.
Actually written nearly 60 years later by Daniel Defoe, the Journal is narrated by a Londoner named "H. F.," who allegedly lived through the devastating effects of the pestilence and produced this eye witness account. Drawing on his considerable talents as both journalist and novelist, Defoe reconstructed events both historically and fictionally, incorporating realistic, memorable details that enable the novel to surpass even firsthand accounts in its air of authenticity. This verisimilitude is all the more remarkable since Defoe was only five years old when the actual events took place. Long a staple of college literature courses, A Journal of the Plague Year will fascinate students, teachers, and general readers alike.

Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660, adding the "De" after he reached the age of 40. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. Defoe's best-known novels include Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Defoe also wrote the 3-volume A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, an important source of Engli...
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Title:A Journal of the Plague Year
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.19 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.19 X 0.68 in
Published:November 9, 2001
Publisher:Dover Publications
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780486419190

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