Moll Flanders / Edition 1

Moll Flanders / Edition 1

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by Daniel Defoe, James R. Sutherland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0395051290

ISBN-13: 9780395051290

Pub. Date: 01/28/1959

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division

"Born to a petty thief in London's notorious Newgate prison and determined to make her way in a rapacious and materialistic society, Moll Flanders recounts the "fortunes and misfortunes" of her turbulent life in this 1722 novel. Though Moll Flanders was shaped by the conventions of criminal biography, Defoe also drew on other literary traditions and his own rich…  See more details below

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"Born to a petty thief in London's notorious Newgate prison and determined to make her way in a rapacious and materialistic society, Moll Flanders recounts the "fortunes and misfortunes" of her turbulent life in this 1722 novel. Though Moll Flanders was shaped by the conventions of criminal biography, Defoe also drew on other literary traditions and his own rich background to create a remarkably original - and still controversial - work." In addition to a critical introduction and substantial footnotes, this Broadview edition provides a wide range of writings by Defoe as well as contemporary responses to Moll Flanders. Other appendices include a selection of eighteenth-century writings on crime, prisons, and the Virginia colony.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395051290
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date:
01/28/1959
Edition description:
New Edition
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Facsimile title page (1722)1
The Preface3
The History and Misfortunes Of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c9
A Textual Problem in Moll Flanders269
Benefits of Transportation275
Moll's Final Years in Ireland277
The Life of James Mac-Faul, Husband to Moll Flanders, &c281
The Counterfeit Lady Unveiled290
The Golden Farmer, a Murderer and Highway-man297
The Equation of Love and Money in Moll Flanders337
Moll Flanders: Parodies of Respectability349
"Unweary'd Traveller" and "Indifferent Monitor": Openness and Complexity in Moll Flanders369
Some Reflections on Defoe's Moll Flanders and the Romance Tradition391
Moll Flanders, Crime and Comfort403
Moll Flanders: Political Woman437
The Crime Wave and Moll Flanders460
Criminal Ms-Representation: Moll Flanders and Female Criminal Biography472
The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders484
Freedom and Necessity, Improvisation and Fate in Moll Flanders491
Moll Flanders, Incest, and the Structure of Exchange497
A Chronology519
Selected Bibliography523

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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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