A Defoe Companion by J. R. Hammond (auth.)

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MOLL FLANDERS A Defoe Companion 44 MRS VEAL See THE APPARITION OF MRS VEAL First published 1724. Full title: A New Voyage Round the World, By a Course Never Sailed Before. A realistic tale of adventures on land and sea told by an unnamed narrator who sails from England round the world between 1713 and 1717. This was the last imaginative story of its kind that Defoe wrote. A NEW VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD THE PIRATE COW See JOHN COW First published 1729. Full title: Madagascar; Or, Robert Drury's Journal.

His passionate interest in people - their occupations, homes and attitudes enabled him to depict a rich variety of individuals and place them in a realistic and recognisable setting. Secondly, his concern for facts. As a tradesman he was deeply interested in facts and statistics and he understood the realities that lay behind them; as a writer he possessed the gift of presenting those facts in human terms. A Journal of the Plague Year and A Tour Defoe's Literary Achievement 39 through the Whole Island are interwoven with facts on all manner of topics presented in a way which enriches rather than deadens the narrative.

Neither he nor his followers have any certain knowledge of what lies ahead of them; he is a tyro embarking on a journey of exploration. In this sense Crusoe and Singleton are both innocents in a Garden of Eden, re-enacting through their experiences the transition from adolescence to adulthood. A novel such as John Fowles's The Magus, which on first reading would seem to have little if anything in common with Robinson Crusoe, can be seen on closer examination to be a modern example of the myth. 23 In Defoe's Literary Achievement 31 both Crusoe and The Magus a lone Englishman undergoes a series of heuristic experiences on an island; in both, the protagonist is a neophyte in an environment to which he has continually to adapt himself; in both, the protagonist gains in maturity as a result of his experiences.

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