Robinson Crusoe: An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism

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Norton, 1994 - Fiction - 436 pages
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Michael Shinagel has collated the reprint with all six authorizededitions published by Taylor in 1719 to achieve a text that is faithfulto Defoe's original edition.  Annotations assist the reader with obscurewords and idioms, biblical references, and nautical terms.

"Contexts" helps the reader understand the novel's historical andreligious significance.  Included are four contemporary accounts ofmarooned men, Defoe's autobiographical passages on the novel'sallegorical foundation, and aspects of the Puritan emblematic traditionessential for understanding the novel's religious aspects.

"Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Opinions" is a comprehensive studyof early estimations by prominent literary and political figures,including Alexander Pope, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Samuel Johnson, SamuelTaylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Edgar Allen Poe, Thomas BabingtonMacaulay, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill.

"Twentieth-Century Criticism" is a collection of fourteen essays (fiveof them new to the Second Edition) that presents a variety ofperspectives on Robinson Crusoe by Virginia Woolf, Ian Watt, EricBerne, Maximillian E. Novak, Frank Budgen, James Joyce, George A.Starr, J. Paul Hunter, James Sutherland, John J. Richetti, LeopoldDamrosch, Jr., John Bender, Michael McKeon, and Carol Houlihan Flynn.

A Chronology of Defoe's life and work and an updated SelectedBibliography are also included.

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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

The legend of Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday are elaborated in the novel and one can understand the appeal. The audiobook is also nicely done. Read full review

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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

After the main character in THE MOONSTONE mentioned this as his Bible so frequently, I decided to re-read it since little remained in my memory except the title. While it may be a "Classic," it is ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

David P. Conradt is professor of political science at East Carolina University. Eric Langenbacher is the academic director for the Congressional Affairs Institute and the National Security & Counterintelligence Institute at Georgetown University.

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