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A Journal of the Plague Year


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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.


"One of the most original and harrowing accounts of living through a virulent pandemic . . . as full of meaning about human suffering today as it was when it was written." --The Daily Beast

"A brilliant account of the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain--and it can still educate readers three centuries later." --BBC News "[A] classic of plague literature . . . Camus was inspired by this book in writing The Plague." --The Jerusalem Post "So grimly immediate . . . you can practically smell the death and decay." --The Guardian "A realistic account of the plague's effects on [London]. Defoe's novel still has the power to unsettle--like when he writes about families forced into quarantine due to an infected family member." --Vulture "Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being." --Peter Ackroyd

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