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Moll Flanders is one of the best-selling novels of all time.
This Norton Critical Edition is again based on the first edition text (1722), the only text known to be Defoe’s own. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and the editor’s essay outlining the novel’s textual history.
“Contexts” collects related documents on criminal transport, contemporary accounts of lives of crime, and colonial laws as they applied to servants, slaves, and runaways.
“Criticism” includes eleven interpretations by Juliet McMaster, Everett Zimmerman, Maximillian E. Novak, Henry Knight Miller, Ian A. Bell, Carol Kay, Paula B. Backscheider, John Rietz, Ann Louise Kibbie, John Richetti, and Ellen Pollak.
A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Moll Flanders is born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later. Her drive to find a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution, and a resourceful career as a thief, before she is returned to Newgate.
|Facsimile title page (1722)||1|
|The History and Misfortunes Of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c||9|
|A Textual Problem in Moll Flanders||269|
|Benefits of Transportation||275|
|Moll's Final Years in Ireland||277|
|The Life of James Mac-Faul, Husband to Moll Flanders, &c||281|
|The Counterfeit Lady Unveiled||290|
|The Golden Farmer, a Murderer and Highway-man||297|
|The Equation of Love and Money in Moll Flanders||337|
|Moll Flanders: Parodies of Respectability||349|
|"Unweary'd Traveller" and "Indifferent Monitor": Openness and Complexity in Moll Flanders||369|
|Some Reflections on Defoe's Moll Flanders and the Romance Tradition||391|
|Moll Flanders, Crime and Comfort||403|
|Moll Flanders: Political Woman||437|
|The Crime Wave and Moll Flanders||460|
|Criminal Ms-Representation: Moll Flanders and Female Criminal Biography||472|
|The Birth of Capital in Defoe's Moll Flanders||484|
|Freedom and Necessity, Improvisation and Fate in Moll Flanders||491|
|Moll Flanders, Incest, and the Structure of Exchange||497|