A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe (Author) Cynthia Wall (Introduction by)
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"The surprise 'must-read' for people facing the Covid-19 epidemic." --The Telegraph

In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims. A Journal (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets of London. Here we see a city transformed: some of its streets suspiciously empty, some--with crosses on their doors--overwhelmingly full of the sounds and smells of human suffering. And every living citizen he meets has a horrifying story that demands to be heard.

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Product Details

Price
$11.00  $10.12
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
August 26, 2003
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.16 X 0.86 X 7.86 inches | 0.56 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780140437850

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About the Author

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, secret agent, and political pamphleteer. He wrote economic texts, history, biography, crime, and, most famously, fiction, including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Roxana.

Cynthia Wall
is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Reviews

"Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being." (Peter Ackroyd)