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A Journal Of The Plague Year
by Daniel Defoe
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"Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being."
"Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being." (Peter Ackroyd)
In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000 lives. In A Journal of the Plague Year, Defoe vividly chronicles the progress of the epidemic. We follow his fictional narrator through a city transformed-the streets and alleyways deserted, the houses of death with crosses daubed on their doors, the dead-carts on their way to the pits-and encounter the horrified citizens of the city, as fear, isolation, and hysteria take hold. The shocking immediacy of Defoe's description of plague-racked London makes this one of the most convincing accounts of the Great Plague ever written.
About the Author
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), though best remembered for his fiction, including the novels Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, also wrote on economics, history, biography, and crime and is considered the founder of British journalism. Cynthia Wall is a professor of English literature at the University of Virginia.
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