Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

deDaniel Defoe

10 août 2008|
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress de Daniel Defoe
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Roxana (1724), Defoe''s last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own `wicked'' life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced: by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past. Unlike Defoe''s other penitent anti-heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses. The novel''s drama lies not only in the heroine''s `vast variety of fortunes'', but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a `Fortunate Mistress''. Defoe''s achievement was to invent, in `Roxana'', a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story. This edition uses the rare first edition text, with a new introduction, detailed notes, textual history, and a map.
John Mullan is Lecturer in English at University College, London.
Titre :Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :400 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.63 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :400 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.63 po
Publié le :10 août 2008
Publié par :Oxford University Press
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780199536740

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