Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

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31 octobre 2006|
Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress de Daniel Defoe
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The final work of Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe 

Roxana (1724) was Defoe''s last novel. It is a fascinating work, simultaneously strange and tragic, which dramatizes the moral deterioration and degradation of its complex heroine. Mlle Beleau, or Roxana as she becomes known, enters upon a career as a courtesan. She passes from one protector to another in England, France and Holland and amasses much wealth. But she is fatally torn between the dull virtue of middle-class respectability and the evil attractions of the beckoning city lights.

The only one of Defoe''s novels that does not end with the triumph of its protagonist, Roxana is nevertheless a triumphant work of art. It is of enormous historical and social interest, highlighting as it does the complex relationship that existed in Defoe''s time between public respectability and private corruption.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. It was perhaps ineveitable 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, to proselytize on religion and politics, and he became a prolific pamphleteer satirizing the hypocrisies of b...
Titre :Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :416 pages, 7.78 X 5.12 X 0.77 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :416 pages, 7.78 X 5.12 X 0.77 po
Publié le :31 octobre 2006
Publié par :Penguin Publishing Group
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780140431490

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