By: Daniel Defoe (1659-1731)
Robinson Crusoe is perhaps the most famous castaway of all time. Whilst many of us have not read Defoe’s iconic book, Robinson Crusoe is a character that is familiar to us all. Aided by the hundreds of movies and theatre productions that the book spurned, Crusoe is a household name. Credited with being the first "real fiction" book, this fictional autobiography tells the tale of a young man who found himself shipwrecked on a remote island for 28 years. The story is said to be based on the dramatic life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived alone for four years on a Pacific island...
Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children
First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe is a book that marks the beginning of realistic fiction writing in English. Its simple, linear narrative style and the semblance of being a true account and autobiographical in nature led to its great popularity when it first came out. Its original title The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York: Mariner, Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years all alone in an Uninhabited Island on the Coast of America, Near the Mouth of the Great...
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
A woman in prison awaiting a death sentence is given a reprieve because she is pregnant. She migrates to America abandoning the baby to the care of a foster mother. The child, a girl, grows up and begins working as a servant in a wealthy household. Here she is pursued by the two sons of the house and ultimately marries the younger one. When he dies, leaving her with two young children to look after, she begins a life of deception and confidence trickery which ends in great tragedy and disgrace. In her old age, events take a less tragic turn and her redemption comes from sources she least expects...
The History of the Plague in London
The History of the Plague in London is a historical novel offering an account of the dismal events caused by the Great Plague, which mercilessly struck the city of London in 1665. First published in 1722, the novel illustrates the social disorder triggered by the outbreak, while focusing on human suffering and the mere devastation occupying London at the time. Defoe opens his book with the introduction of his fictional character H.F., a middle-class man who decides to wait out the destruction of the plague instead of fleeing to safety, and is presented only by his initials throughout the novel...
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
“THE FARTHER ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE; Being the Second and Last Part OF HIS LIFE, And of the Strange Surprizing Accounts of his Travels Round three Parts of the Globe.” After the death of his wife, Robinson Crusoe is overcome by the old wanderlust, and sets out with his faithful companion Friday to see his island once again. Thus begins a journey which will last ten years and nine months, in which Crusoe travels over the world, along the way facing dangers and discoveries in Madagascar, China, and Siberia.
The Life, Adventures & Piracies of Captain Singleton
The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton is a "bipartite adventure story whose first half covers a traversal of Africa, and whose second half taps into the contemporary fascination with piracy. It has been commended for its depiction of the homosexual relationship between the eponymous hero and his religious mentor, the Quaker, William Walters.".
(Dutch) Lotgevallen van Robinson Crusoë
Robinson Crusoë weet 27 jaren, 2 maanden en 20 dagen te overleven op een onbewoond eiland, met een papagaai, een regenscherm en een grote muts van geitenvel.
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress
The full title of the novel is Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim. The novel concerns the story of an unnamed "fallen woman", the second time Defoe created such a character (the first was a similar female character in Moll Flanders). In Roxana, a woman who takes on various pseudonyms, including "Roxana," describes her fall from wealth thanks to abandonment by a "fool" of a husband and movement into prostitution upon his abandonment. Roxana moves up and down through the social spectrum several times.
|A Journal of the Plague Year, written by a citizen who continued all the while in London|
|(French) Moll Flanders|
|The History of the Devil As Well Ancient as Modern: In Two Parts|
|The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2) or a History of the Life of Mademoiselle de Beleau Known by the Name of the Lady Roxana|
|The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808)|
|(French) Voyages et Aventures Surprenantes de Robinson Crusoé|
|An Essay Upon Projects|
|The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)|
|Memoirs of a Cavalier A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Year 1632 to the Year 1648.|
|Everybody's Business Is Nobody's Business|
|Tour through Eastern Counties of England, 1722|
|From London to Land's End and Two Letters from the "Journey through England by a Gentleman"|
|The History of the Remarkable Life of John Sheppard Containing a Particular Account of His Many Robberies and Escapes|
|The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.)|
|An American Robinson Crusoe|
|(Esperanto) Robinsono Kruso|
|The True-Born Englishman A Satire|
|The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner, Volume 1|
|The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon|
|And What if the Pretender should Come? Or Some Considerations of the Advantages and Real Consequences of the Pretender's Possessing the Crown of Great Britain|
|A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal The Next Day after Her Death, to one Mrs. Bargrave|
|Of Captain Mission|
|Military Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton|
|Augusta Triumphans Or, the Way to Make London the Most Flourishing City in the Universe|
|An Answer to a Question that Nobody thinks of, viz., But what if the Queen should Die?|
|The Lay-Man's Sermon upon the Late Storm Held forth at an Honest Coffee-House-Conventicle|
|An Humble Proposal to the People of England, for the Increase of their Trade, and Encouragement of Their Manufactures Whether the Present Uncertainty of Affairs Issues in Peace or War|
|The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell A Gentlen, who, tho' Deaf and Dumb, Writes down any Stranger's name at first Sight;|
|An Appeal to Honour and Justice, Though It Be of His Worst Enemies. Being A True Account of His Conduct in Public Affairs.|
|Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins (1718)|
|Second Thoughts are Best: Or a Further Improvement of a Late Scheme to Prevent Street Robberies|
|A New Voyage Round the World by a Course Never Sailed Before|
|A Vindication of the Press|
|A Seasonable Warning and Caution against the Insinuations of Papists and Jacobites in favour of the Pretender Being a Letter from an Englishman at the Court of Hanover|
|Reasons against the Succession of the House of Hanover with an Enquiry How far the Abdication of King James, supposing it to be Legal, ought to affect the Person of the Pretender|
Robinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable (Version 2)
This book is a fictional autobiography of the title character — a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. You know the story; but do you know the story told in words of one syllable? Here Lucy Aikin under the pen name of Mary Godolphin retells Daniel Defoe's famous tale of danger and solitude and resourcefulness. Because of the simpler words, this might be a good book for listeners where English is not their first language. By Lucy Aikin and Daniel Defoe.
The Storm (1704) holds a special place in the writings of Daniel Defoe. Widely considered a founding document of modern journalism, The Storm narrates the calamitous events of November 1703 that are framed by the author in the first four chapters. These are followed by verbatim eyewitness accounts, solicited from survivors through a newspaper advertisement that Defoe placed shortly after the hurricane struck. Defoe is primarily known for his later fiction, loosely based on historical calamities, such as his Journal of the Plague Year (1722), and by fictionalized novels purporting to be first-person accounts, including Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Moll Flanders (1722)...