Moll Flanders / Edition 1

Moll Flanders / Edition 1

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by Daniel Defoe
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0075535734

ISBN-13: 9780075535737

Pub. Date: 01/28/1950

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

The conditions of Moll Flanders' birth could not have been more depressing. Her mother was a petty thief who was caught and sent to the notorious Newgate prison in London. It was in that prison that Moll was born. Deemed an orphan, Moll was later sent to apprentice as a servant with a respectable family. Moll has designs on a life better than serving others.

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The conditions of Moll Flanders' birth could not have been more depressing. Her mother was a petty thief who was caught and sent to the notorious Newgate prison in London. It was in that prison that Moll was born. Deemed an orphan, Moll was later sent to apprentice as a servant with a respectable family. Moll has designs on a life better than serving others. But as she discovers, independence and fortune are not easy to come by. A string of dreadful misfortunes--including five luckless marriages--force Moll into the streets, where her only means of support is a life of crime.

But Moll refuses to give up: she will succeed!

Moll Flanders is a triumphant portrait of a strong-willed woman determined to make her own way in eighteenth-century England.||

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780075535737
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
01/28/1950
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Daniel Defoe: A Brief Chronology
Defoe’s Times: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Moll Flanders

Appendix A: Related Writings by Defoe

  1. From An Essay upon Projects (1697)
  2. From the Review (19 February 1704-11 June 1713)
  3. From Applebee’s Journal (25 June 1720-14 May 1726)
  4. From Colonel Jack (1722)
  5. From Roxana (1724)
  6. From A Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-27)
  7. From Conjugal Lewdness; Or, Matrimonial Whoredom (1727)
  8. From An Essay on the History and Reality of Apparitions (1727)
  9. From Street-Robberies, Consider’d [1728]

Appendix B: Related Works by Other Writers

  1. From Hell Upon Earth (1703)
  2. Paul Lorrain, The Ordinary of Newgate (1709)
  3. From A Discourse and View of Virginia [1712]
  4. From Alexander Smith, The History of the Lives, of the Most Noted Highway-Men (1714)
  5. From The History of the Press-Yard (1717)
  6. Jonathan Swift, The Last Speech and Dying Words of Ebenezor Elliston (1722)
  7. From An Essay in Praise of Knavery (1723)
  8. From T. Read, The Life and Actions of Moll Flanders [c. 1723]
  9. From An Accurate Description of Newgate (1724)
  10. From The Matchless Rogue (1725)

Appendix C: Defoe and Moll Flanders: Eighteenth-Century Views

  1. From The True-Born Hugonot, &c.A Satyr (1703)
  2. From Jonathan Swift, A Letter Concerning the Sacramental Test (1709)
  3. From Jonathan Swift, the Examiner (16 November 1710)
  4. From John Gay, The Present State of Wit (1711)
  5. From Joseph Addison, The Late Trial and Conviction of Count Tariff (1713)
  6. From Charles Gildon, Preface to The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Mr. D.… De F.… (1719)
  7. From Giles Jacob, The Poetical Register (1723)
  8. From the Preface to An Essay in Praise of Knavery (1723)
  9. From The Flying Post (1 March 1729)
  10. From Alexander Pope, The Dunciad Variorum (1729)
  11. From Richard Savage (?), An Author to be Lett (1729)
  12. From the Grub-street Journal (29 April 1731)
  13. From Read’s Weekly Journal (1 May 1731)
  14. From a Conversation with Alexander Pope (1742)
  15. From Theophilus Cibber, The Lives of the Poets (1753)
  16. From the Monthly Review (March 1775)
  17. From James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1778)
  18. From George Chalmers, The Life of Defoe (1786)
  19. From the Monthly Review (December 1787)
  20. From the Monthly Review (December 1790)

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Moll Flanders (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Kiwikay More than 1 year ago
After watching an old BBC mini-series ( with a young Daniel Craig no less!) I decided to re-read Moll Flanders. I had forgotten the biting wit and social commentary of Daniel Defoe. Almost three centuries later it still seems relavent. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Takes some commitment to get through the somewhat pendantic writing style of the era but well worth it. If you once read Moll Flanders because you had to, try it again. Like me you may find it enjoyable this time.
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Really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down.
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Another great classic.
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AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
A poet friend got me this book because it was one of her favorites. I admit it took me a bit to get into it. But it is quite a story and bears a lot of reflection. I really enjoyed the story -- all the challenges in life that Moll has and meets. A resourceful, wise, and practical woman can survive anything. I highly recommend this to all women.
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