A Journal of the Plague Year

Author: Daniel Defoe

Introducer: Anthony Burgess

Edited by: Christopher Bristow

  • Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 29 May 2003
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In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000 lives. In A Journal of the Plague Year, Defoe vividly chronicles the progress of the epidemic. We follow his fictional narrator through a city transformed-the streets and alleyways deserted, the houses of death with crosses daubed on their doors, the dead-carts on their way to the pits-and encounter the horrified citizens of the city, as fear, isolation, and hysteria take hold. The shocking immediacy of Defoe's description of plague-racked London makes this one of the most convincing accounts of the Great Plague ever written.

Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780140437850
  • Size: 129 x 198mm
  • Pages: 336
  • Published: 29 May 2003
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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