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Published: 09 September 2010

304 Pages | one map


ISBN: 9780199572830

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A Journal of the Plague Year

Revised Edition

Daniel Defoe
Edited by Louis Landa and David Roberts

Oxford World's Classics

  • Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year is an extraordinary account of the devastation and human suffering inflicted on the city of London by the Great Plague of 1665 which continues to exert a powerful fascination.
  • The lively Introduction relates the Journal to Defoe's best-known work, Robinson Crusoe, and draws on recent research into the publishing environment of the first edition. It considers the portrayal of London, recreated by Defoe to the way it was before the Great Fire, and to its device of fiction masquerading as fact.
  • Comprehensive explanatory notes.
  • Medical note that explains the relationship between Defoe's medical knowledge and our own.
  • Complete topographical index enables the reader to track the Journal's complex references to London's streets, churches, alleyways, and prisons both before and after the Great Fire of 1666.
  • Map of Defoe's London.

New to this Edition:

  • Newly written Introduction by David Roberts.
  • Updated bibliography.
  • Revised notes.
  • Revised medical note.
  • Map.
  • Topographical index.

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