A Journal of the Plague Year
by Daniel Defoe
Editor: Dover Publications Inc.
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The haunting scream to get you deadby one of the collector bells of the 17th century, the plague of the victims filled the readers through the centuries, with cold terrorThe cooling cry survives in historical consciousness largely because of this classic 1722 account of the bubonic plague epidemic-known under Black Death — the one that ravaged England in 1664-1665Indeed written nearly 60 years later by Daniel Defoe, the Journal is told by a Londoner named HFwho would have experienced the devastating effects of the plague, and produces this eyewitness countsDrawing on his great talents as both journalist and novelist, Defoe reconstructs events both historically and fictionally, integrating realistic, memorable details that allow the novel to surpass even testimonies in its air of authenticityThis probability is all the more remarkable as Defoe is only five years old when the events took placeLong a staple food of college, literature courses, A Journal of the Year of the Plague will fascinate students, teachers, and readers in general
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