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A Journal of the Plague Year

Authors: Defoe, Daniel
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC004000
ISBN: 9780307822802, Related ISBNs: 030782280X, 0375757899, 0736600191, 9780307822802, 9780375757891
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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.
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