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The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders

Bantam Classic

By Daniel Defoe

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Format: Paperback / softback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 1980
As Moll Flanders struggles for survival amid the harsh social realities of seventeenth-century England, there is but one snare she is determined to avoid - the deadly snare of poverty. On the twisting path that leads from her birth in Newgate prison to her final prosperous respectability, love is regarded as worth no more than its weght in gold; and such matters as bigamy, incest, theft, and prostitution occasion but a brief blush before they are reckoned in terms of profit and losss. Yet so pure is her candor, so healthy her animal appetites, so indomitable her resilience through every vicissitude of fortune, that this extraordinary wench emerges as far more than a prototype of the mercantile mind. In "Moll Flanders" Defoe added a fresh dimension to the art of writing. "We seem to see Defoe's characters through the crytal-clear medium of his style with perfect verisimilitude, as real as if we saw them in a mirror that was so flawless that it was invisible, " writes Kennth Rexroth. Virginia Woolf ranked "Moll Flanders" as "among the few English novels which we can call indisputably great."

About the Author

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 in fact, he became a prolific pamphleteer satirizing the hypocrisies of both Church and State. Defoe admired William III, and his poem The True-Born Englishman (1701) won him the King's friendship. But an ill-timed satire on High Church extremists, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, published during Queen Anne's reign, resulted in his being pilloried and imprisoned for seditious libel in 1703. At fifty-nine Defoe turned to fiction, completing The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719), partly based on the saga of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor; Moll Flanders (1722); Colonel Jack (1722); A Journal of the Plague Years (1722); and Roxana or the Fortunate Mistress (1724).

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"Defoe's excellence it is, to make me forget my specific class, character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him, into the universal man." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge From the Trade Paperback edition. Defoe s excellence it is, to make me forget my specific class, character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him, into the universal man. Samuel Taylor Coleridge "From the Trade Paperback edition."" " Defoe's excellence it is, to make me forget my specific class, character, and circumstances, and to raise me while I read him, into the universal man." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge "From the Trade Paperback edition."

EAN: 9780553213287
ISBN: 0553213288
Publisher: Bantam USA
Dimensions: 17.58 x 10.62 x 1.8 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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