A Journal of the Plague Year

» Daniel Defoe

Editor/introduction - Cynthia Wall

Notes by - Cynthia Wall

Penguin Classics
Paperback : 29 May 2003

£9.99

Edited with an introduction by Cynthia Wall

Synopsis

‘It was a most surprising thing, to see those Streets, which were usually so thronged, now grown desolate’

In 1665 the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000 lives. In A Journal, written nearly sixty years later, Defoe vividly chronicled 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 he recounts the horrifying stories of the citizens he encounters, as fear, isolation and hysteria take hold. A Journal is both a fascinating historical document and a supreme work of imaginative reconstruction.

This edition contains a new introduction, an appendix on the Plague, a topographical index and maps of contemporary London, and reproduces Anthony Burgess’s original introduction.

Table of contents

A Journal of the Plague Year Chronology
Introduction
Notes
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

A Journal of the Plague Year

Appendix I: The Plague
Appendix II: Topographical Index
Appendix III: London Maps
Appendix IV: Introduction by Anthony Burgess to the 1966 Penguin English Library Edition
Glossary
Notes

Product details

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

A Journal of the Plague Year

» Daniel Defoe

Editor/introduction - Cynthia Wall

Notes by - Cynthia Wall

£9.99

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