Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe"
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The paper relates that Daniel Defoe's book, "Robinson Crusoe," remains a classic tale of survival and redemption. This paper examines the book, the author, and why it is considered to be the first "real" novel.
From the Paper:"First published 1719, the book's full title is The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner and the title page adds, "Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of AMERICA, near the Mouth of the Great River of OROONOQUE; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. WITH An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by PYRATES. Written by Himself," and some editions also added, "Sold as true private history, risking to be read as romantic invention" (Defoe title page).
"Defoe continues the conceit of the book being a true account, written in first person, as Robin Crusoe introduces himself, the third son of an immigrant from Bremen. He describes himself as living "in easy Circumstances sliding gently thro' the World, and sensibly tasting the Sweets of living, without the bitter, feeling that they are happy, and learning by every Day's Experience to know it more sensibly" (Defoe 5). He blithely disregards his father's entreaty to stay in England, confessing, "there seemed to be something fatal in that propension of nature, tending directly to the life of misery which was to befall me" (Defoe 1), and takes to the sea."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Defoe, Daniel. The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner. Ed. J. Donald Crowley. Oxford: Oxford U P, 1983.
- Ritchie, Daniel E. "Robinson Crusoe as Narrative Theologian." Essays on Values in Literature 49.2 (1997): 95-106.
- Severin, Tim. In Search of Robinson Crusoe. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
- Watson, Francis. Daniel Defoe. London: Longmans, Green, 1952.
- Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding. Berkeley, CA: U of California P, 1957.
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