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The 300th anniversary of one of the most famous adventures of all time.

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island. This Penguin Classics is edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti.
The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island.
This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing Robinson Crusoe as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism.
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, and political pamphleteer. Over the course of his life Daniel Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books on economics, history, biography and crime, but is best remembered for the fiction he produced in late life, which includes Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724). Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.
If you enjoyed Robinson Crusoe, you may like Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, also available in Penguin Classics.
'Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence'
Simon Armitage

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    9780141439822

    October 25, 2004

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  • Hardback

    9780141393407

    January 2, 2014

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    288 pages

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    9780141199061

    January 2, 2013

    Penguin Classics

    344 pages

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  • Paperback

    9789380028200

    December 1, 2012

    Steerforth Press

    72 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099511847

    January 1, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    272 pages

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    9780553213737

    March 1, 2007

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  • Paperback

    9780140367225

    March 30, 1995

    Puffin Modern Classics

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  • Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe

    Hardback

    9781857159189

    December 4, 1993

    Childrens Classics

    409 pages

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    9781857150162

    May 15, 1992

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    9781408400654

    June 15, 2017

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  • Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe

    EBook

    9780141974231

    January 2, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    240 pages

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    9781407091365

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

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  • Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe, Daniel Defoe

    EBook

    9780141901053

    October 25, 2004

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780141377636

    March 5, 2019

    Puffin Modern Classics

    288 pages

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    9780241362952

    January 15, 2019

    Puffin

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