The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe, David Blewett (Edited by)

Born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later, Moll's drive to find and hold on to a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution and a resourceful career as a thief ('the greatest Artist of my time') before she is apprehended and returned to Newgate.
If Moll Flanders is on one level a Puritan's tale of sin and repentance, through self-made, self-reliant Moll its rich subtext conveys all the paradoxes and amoralities of the struggle for property and power in Defoe's newly individualistic society.

  • Penguin
  • Published 26th June 2003
  • 480 Pages
  • £5.99