Robinson Crusoe (Sterling Classics Series)

Robinson Crusoe (Sterling Classics Series)


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Nearly four centuries after it was written, Robinson Crusoe remains the quintessential story of a man shipwrecked and forced to rely on his own wits. Against his parents' wishes, Crusoe sets off for adventure on the high seas-until a storm leaves him stranded on a seemingly deserted island. There, alone and despairing, he gradually learns to survive off the land and create what he needs; he even finds human companionship. But will Crusoe ever see his home again? One of the most popular books of all time, Robinson Crusoe will appeal to a new generation of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402784064
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Sterling Classics Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 95,336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

London-born Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) pursued a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, secret agent, and political pamphleteer. He wrote books on economics, history, biography, and crime. But he is best remembered for his fiction, which he began to write late in his life and which includes the novels Moll Flanders, Roxana, and the celebrated Robinson Crusoe.

Table of Contents



Daniel Defoe: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Robinson Crusoe

Appendix A: Preface and Publisher's Introduction to Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe (1720)

Appendix B: From Charles Gildon, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Mr. D..... De F... (1719)

Appendix C: Castaway Narratives

1. From Ibn Tufayl, Hai Ebn Yokdhan (tr. 1708)
2. Accounts of Alexander Selkirk
3. Richard Steele, The Englishman, No. 26 (1713)
4. From Penelope Aubin, The Strange Adventures of the Count de Vinevil and his Family (1721)
5. From Leendert Hasenbosch, An Authentick Relation of the Many Hardships and Sufferings of a Dutch Sailor (1728)

Appendix D: Uses of Solitude

1. Richard Baxter, "Of Conversing with God in Solitude" (1664)
2. From Mary, Lady Chudleigh, "Of Solitude" (1710)
3. From Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, "The Petition for an Absolute Retreat" (1713)
4. Daniel Defoe, "Of Solitude" (1720)
5. Alexander Pope, "Ode on Solitude" (1736)
6. Edmund Burke, "Society and Solitude" (1757)
7. From Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emilius and Sophia (tr. 1762)
8. William Cowper, "Verses Supposed to be Written by Alexander Selkirk" (1782)
9. Charlotte Smith, Sonnet XLIV, "Written in the Church-yard at Middleton in Sussex" (1789)
10. From Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere" (1798)
11. William Wordsworth, "Nutting" (1800)
12. William Cowper, "The Castaway" (1803)

Appendix E: Economic Contexts

1. From John Locke, "Of Property" (1698)
2. From Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (1776)
3. From Karl Marx, Capital (tr. 1887)
4. From Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (tr. 1930)

Appendix F: Defoe on Slavery and the African Trade

1. From Reformation of Manners, A Satyr (1702)
2. From An Essay upon the Trade to Africa (1711)
3. From A Review of the State of the British Nation (1711, 1712)
4. From Colonel Jack (1722)
5. From A Plan of the English Commerce (1728)

Appendix G: Cannibalism

1. Michel de Montaigne, "Of Cannibals" (tr. 1711)
2. From César de Rochefort, The History of the Caribby-Islands (tr. 1666)
3. William Dampier, "Of the Reports about Cannibals" (1703)
4. From Daniel Defoe, Serious Reflections (1720)

Appendix H: Illustrations of Friday's Rescue

1. Anonymous (1720)
2. Anonymous (1722)
3. Clément Pierre Marillier (1787)
4. Charles Ansell (1790)
5. Thomas Stothard (1790)
6. George Cruikshank (1831)
7. J.J. Grandville (1840)
8. Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne) (1846)
9. Jules Fesquet (1877)
10. Otis Turner (director) (1913)

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