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This is the Illustrated version of the "A Journal of the Plague Year", A work that is often read as if it were non-fiction is his account of the Great Plague of London in 1665: A Journal of the Plague Year, a complex historical novel published in 1722.

Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year of 1665, the Year of the Great Plague....In 1721, when the Black Death again ...

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Overview

This is the Illustrated version of the "A Journal of the Plague Year", A work that is often read as if it were non-fiction is his account of the Great Plague of London in 1665: A Journal of the Plague Year, a complex historical novel published in 1722.

Bring out your dead! The ceaseless chant of doom echoed through a city of emptied streets and filled grave pits. For this was London in the year of 1665, the Year of the Great Plague....In 1721, when the Black Death again threatened the European Continent, Daniel Defoe wrote "A Journal of the Plague Year" to alert an indifferent populace to the horror that was almost upon them. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, the master realist vividly depicted a plague-stricken city. He re-enacted the terror of a helpless people caught in a tragedy they could not comprehend: the weak preying on the dying, the strong administering to the sick, the sinful orgies of the cynical, the quiet faith of the pious. With dramatic insight he captured for all time the death throes of a great city.

In this Illustrated book, Noted all of Defoe's pamphlet writing was political. One pamphlet (originally published anonymously) entitled "A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal the Next Day after her Death to One Mrs. Bargrave at Canterbury the 8th of September, 1705," deals with interaction between the spiritual realm and the physical realm. It was most likely written in support of Charles Drelincourt's The Christian Defense against the Fears of Death (1651). It describes Mrs. Bargrave's encounter with an old friend Mrs. Veal, after she had died. It is clear from this piece and other writings, that while the political portion of Defoe's life was fairly dominant, it was by no means the only aspect:
"Wherever God erects a house of prayer the Devil always builds a chapel there;
And 't will be found, upon examination,
the latter has the largest congregation."
- Defoe's The True-Born Englishman, 1701

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499678239
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2014
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 1,043,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    London Plague

    'A Journal of the Plague Year' is journalistic history, not fiction. Defoe describes an event that happened when he was only an infant. He used family's and other accounts of the last great epidemic of the Black Death to strike England. It is readable and instructive. To me, the most interesting part of the tale, is the 'knowledge' seventeenth-century Londoners had of this disease [Bubonic Plague, Yersinia pestis] before knowledge of microbes and their transmission. Animals, especially dogs, cats and rats, were identified as possible vectors and shot on sight. Infected people were quarantined in their homes, along with uninfected relatives. Although these homes were guarded by armed watchmen, breakouts from quarantine were common. The disease spead and uninfected villages on the outskirts of London, themselves, set out guards preventing panicked refugees from entering and infecting their town. An interesting and human tale of desperation.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    Seriously flawed edition

    Defoe's novel is fascinating, but this edition's flaws far overshadow the prose. The editors and Barnes & Noble Books should be ashamed of themselves for putting out such a shabby version of the novel. The text is full of typos (such as the previously noted 'tick' for 'sick'), dropped words, incorrect words ('last' instead of 'first' at the bottom of page 234, for example), and bad formatting (the notes). The additional materials¿contemporary descriptions of the plague¿are vaguely interesting, but not essential. Rather than some inconsequential snippets from Pepys and Boghurst, the editors should have considered a map of London at the time of the plague, annotations, or other materials to help illustrate some of Defoe's more difficult references. Avoid this edition and pick up one of the more professional releases from Oxford or Penguin.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year

    It is certainly not appropriate for me to review Daniel Defoe as if he were a modern author. In this book Defoe takes on the guise of a first-hand observer of the London plague of 1665. The language is Olde English and somewhat difficult to wade through sometimes. But the drama of the crisis does come home in many areas. It is a worthwhile read if one can be patient with the archaic language.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    Great, scary book

    This book lets readers see life during the plague outbreak. It is very interesting, especially to people interested in this topic. Although it should not be considered a first-hand account, the individual obsevations made by the narrator are very probable. The narrator repeats some main points, but that is just to get one message across: life was scary at that time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A JourĀ­nal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe is a ficĀ­tional b

    A Jour­nal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe is a fic­tional book about the Great Plague of Lon­don in 1665. The book was pub­lished in 1722 (57 years after the event) and was meant as a warn­ing because they thought that plague in Mar­seilles would cross the chan­nel into England.

    A Jour­nal of the Plague Years by Daniel Defoe is a nov­el­iza­tion of a first hand expe­ri­ence dur­ing the Black Death plague in Lon­don. This book is very dif­fi­cult to cat­e­go­rize because the reader doesn’t really know if it is a mem­oir or not.

    Is it fic­tion?
    Doesn’t read like it, from what I read it seems that Defoe fic­tion­al­ized his uncle’s memoirs.

    Is it non-fiction?
    It might be, after all it seems that… Defoe fic­tion­al­ized his uncle’s memoirs.

    What­ever it is, the book gives the reader an eerie, haunt­ing, dark sense of Lon­don in 1665 when the plague ran amok bring­ing a dis­as­ter upon the cap­i­tal. One can get a very good feel­ing of what it was at the time, the peo­ple, and the land­scapes and how peo­ple spoke.

    Much of the book is sta­tis­tics and there is not really a coher­ent sto­ry­line, it is more of a nov­el­iza­tion of a diary and a hand­book of what do and what to avoid dur­ing the deadly out­break. It is sim­ple to read and has an air of under­ly­ing author­ity, espe­cially given the weekly death sta­tis­tics. Defoe issues a stern warn­ing with those death sta­tis­tics, upon close exam­i­na­tion one could tell how fast the virus is spreading.

    This book is best read as his­tor­i­cal fic­tion novel that mixes fact and fic­tion. Defoe was a very young boy (5) at the time of the plague and used mor­tal­ity bills and con­tem­po­rary accounts for the book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Ring around the rosies

    A plague in today's society would be devastating, and that is the point of this book. It is written as though the accounts were absolutley accurate, and though the editors suggest that this is a novel, there is very little about it that doesn't seem true. It is, though, a difficult read and one that is truly unenjoyable. The concepts are hard to grasp, and the repetition is annoying.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Firescorch

    He as a flameing pelt and orange eyes. " can i join?"

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Im Emberpetal.May I be the deputy?I am active and need a high paced role.

    Emberpetal
    Female
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    Gentle and caring and tries to find ways to solve problems but can fight if needed.
    She was a loner as a kit and was trained by her mother to learn the warrior code so now she knows it by heart.
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    Female rusdian blue who is eager to learn.
    A female sixmooned cat with blue fur and

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 9, 2012

    Nightkit

    Meow

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    Posted November 7, 2012

    Nighthawk

    Im back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Rockpelt to all

    This is like a troll face-;/) To moonshine-you want me to be your mate?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Echokit

    Can i rp echokit?

    -kit-

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 4, 2012

    Silvermoonstar

    "Baaaaaaah. Imma sheep."

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    Posted November 9, 2012

    Lionclaw

    Right on . good i shall teach her the ways of fire clan and shes honna a be a good warrior

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    Posted November 4, 2012

    Silvermist

    She crouches by the entrance, ready to alert her Clan if she sees Silvermoonstar or Evil Cats & co. She glances behind her to see the camp resting peacefully-for now.

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    Posted November 2, 2012

    To this clan

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    Posted November 9, 2012

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    Posted November 2, 2012

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    Sure.

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    Posted November 1, 2012

    Willowsong

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    To Lionclaw

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