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A Journal of the Plague Year

Written by Daniel Defoe
Introduction by Jason Goodwin


A Journal of the Plague Year
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: November 2001
Price: $9.95
Can. Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75789-1 (0-375-75789-9)
Pages: 272
Also available as an eBook.



 
Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Jason Goodwin's works include Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire; A Time for Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea; and On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul.





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