Robinson Crusoe

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März 2003



Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe , regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island. This Penguin Classics is edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island. This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing Robinson Crusoe as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, and political pamphleteer. Over the course of his life Daniel Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books on economics, history, biography and crime, but is best remembered for the fiction he produced in late life, which includes Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and Roxana (1724). Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist. If you enjoyed Robinson Crusoe , you may like Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo , also available in Penguin Classics. ' Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal, a story that goes right to the core of existence' Simon Armitage




Daniel Defoe, 1660-1731, wurde in London als Sohn eines Fleischers geboren. Defoe hatte ursprünglich puritanischer Geistlicher werden sollen, entschied sich dann aber für die kaufmännische Laufbahn, wo er allerdings bald scheiterte. Er versuchte sich in mehreren Berufen. Aus dem Wunsch heraus, die praktischen Lebensbedingungen seiner Landsleute zu verbessern, gab er nacheinander mehrere Zeitschriften heraus und verfasste zahlreiche zum Teil satirische Artikel. Ein heftiger Angriff gegen die religiöse Unduldsamkeit der anglikanischen Kirche brachte ihn sogar an den Pranger, wo ihm das Volk jedoch begeistert zujubelte. Nach einem Gefängnisaufenthalt änderte er seinen ursprünglichen Namen (Daniel Foe) in Defoe. Er starb am 26.4.1731 in London.


"Beyond the end of Robinson Crusoe is a new world of fiction. Even though it did not know itself to be a 'novel,' and even though there were books that we might now call 'novels' published before it, Robinson Crusoe has made itself into a prototype . . . Perhaps because of all the novels that we have read . . . the novelty of Defoe's fiction is the more striking when we return to it. Here it is, at the beginning of things, with its final word reaching out into the future." -from the Introduction by John Mullan
EAN: 9780141439822
ISBN: 0141439823
Untertitel: 'Penguin Classics'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd (UK)
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2003
Seitenanzahl: 304 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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