A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain

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Dent, 1974 - Great Britain - 437 pages
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Between these covers is a whole historical world to travel: a careful abridgment of the great Defoe's classic circuit of England, first published in three volumes in 1724-26, complemented by a wealth of contemporary paintings, sketches, and engravings of places he visited, industrial processes, activities and events he described, and people he knew. Includes an introduction and notes to the text. Edited by P.N. Furbank, W.R. Owens, and A.J. Coulson. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Pat Rogers calls this text the "true English epic," and for good reason. Defoe's tours, or circuits, throughout Great Britain, provide a fascinating micro- and macrocosm of Great Britain in the early ... Read full review


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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London, England on September 13, 1660. He changed his surname in 1703, adding the more genteel "De" before his own name to suggest a higher social standing. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. His writings covered a wide range of topics. His novels include Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Roxana, Captain Singleton, and Colonel Jack. He wrote A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, which is an important source of English economic life, and ghost stories including A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal. He also wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. He was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. He died on April 24, 1731.

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