Moll Flanders: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1999 - Fiction - 352 pages
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This edition of Moll Flanders includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Nancy Springer.

The conditions of Moll Flanders' birth could not have been more depressing. Her mother was a petty thief who was caught and sent to the notorious Newgate prison in London. It was in that prison that Moll was born. Deemed an orphan, Moll was later sent to apprentice as a servant with a respectable family. Moll has designs on a life better than serving others. But as she discovers, independence and fortune are not easy to come by. A string of dreadful misfortunes--including five luckless marriages--force Moll into the streets, where her only means of support is a life of crime.

But Moll refuses to give up: she will succeed!

Moll Flanders is a triumphant portrait of a strong-willed woman determined to make her own way in eighteenth-century England.
 

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or, as it might otherwise be called: "The Accidental Whore & Grifter, Who Lives Happily Ever After," which, if asked to give a ten-word review, would be perfectly fitting. All that would need to be ... Read full review

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Daniel Defoe did not disappoint. Moll Flanders was a fantastic read. If you're into classics (and if you're not please tell me why), then this book is going to be right up your alley. Written in an ... Read full review

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Afterword
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About the Author
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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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