Robinson Crusoe(Collins Classics) by Daniel Defoe - PDF free download eBook
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HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics. It happend one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surprizd with the Print of a Mans naked Foot on the Shore. Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson...
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- Open Road Media
- Publication date
- Jun 03, 2010
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HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics. It happend one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surprizd with the Print of a Mans naked Foot on the Shore. Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a remote and desolate island.
As he struggles to piece together a life for himself, Crusoes physical, moral and spiritual values are tested to the limit. For 24 years he remains in solitude and learns to tame and master the island, until he finally comes across another human being. Considered a classic literary masterpiece, and frequently interpreted as a comment on the British Imperialist approach at the time, Defoes fable was and still is revered as the very first English novel.
Daniel Defoe was born at the beginning of a period of history known as the English Restoration, so-named because it was when King Charles II restored the monarchy to England following the English Civil War and the brief dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell. Defoes contemporaries included Isaac Newton and Samuel Pepys. Defoe was born in London and during his formative years was witness to the Great Plague (1665-6) and the Great Fire (1666), both of which had considerable effect on the neighbourhood he lived in.
In addition to these disasters, the English were at war with the Dutch between 1665 and 1667, which saw many privateer ships involved in attacking the Dutch fleet as Charles had insufficient money to fund the war. Privateers essentially paid themselves with the booty they acquired from the enemy ships, which included trade vessels as well as menowar. In turn this led to the evolution of piracy in times of peace.
It is undoubtedly this roguish activity on the high seas that inspired Defoe to write his famous novel Robinson Crusoe.
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