This Norton Critical Edition of one of Defoe’s most important works reprints the 1722 text, the only edition published in Defoe’s lifetime.The authoritative text has been fully annotated and makes available a perennially popular novel, one that has often been mistaken for an actual eyewitness account of the last great plague in England.
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Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.
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Book Description W.W. Norton 1992-01-17, New York |London, 1992. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780393961881
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 376 pages. 8.50x5.25x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0393961885
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0393961885
Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110393961885