Moll Flanders (Collins Classics) [NOOK Book]

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HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics.‘My true name is so well known in the Records or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work.’Born into the seedy world of Newgate Prison and abandoned as a baby at six months old, Moll Flanders soon learns that she can only rely on herself. Her...
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Moll Flanders (Collins Classics)

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HarperCollins is proud to present a range of best-loved, essential classics.‘My true name is so well known in the Records or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work.’Born into the seedy world of Newgate Prison and abandoned as a baby at six months old, Moll Flanders soon learns that she can only rely on herself. Her story is an unapologetic one of bigamy, prostitution and theft told in her own indomitable and alluring way. Scurrilous and incorrigible, the reader is left wondering whether Moll is merely a brazen criminal, or a victim or her own circumstance.Defoe’s witty romp through the eighteenth-century underworld has much to say about the forces of good and evil and is undeniably one of his most satirical novels.

Daniel Defoe was born at the beginning of a period of history known as the English Restoration, so-named because it was when King Charles II restored the monarchy to England following the English Civil War and the brief dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell. Defoe’s contemporaries included Isaac Newton and Samuel Pepys.Defoe was born in London and during his formative years was witness to the Great Plague (1665-6) and the Great Fire (1666), both of which had considerable effect on the neighbourhood he lived in. In addition to these disasters, the English were at war with the Dutch between 1665 and 1667, which saw many privateer ships involved in attacking the Dutch fleet as Charles had insufficient money to fund the war. Privateers essentially paid themselves with the booty they acquired from the enemy ships, which included trade vessels as well as men’o’war. In turn this led to the evolution of piracy in times of peace. It is undoubtedly this roguish activity on the high seas that inspired Defoe to write his famous novel Robinson Crusoe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007424528
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Series: Collins Classics
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 210,048
  • File size: 3 MB

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Daniel Defoe was born at the beginning of a period of history known as the English Restoration, so-named because it was when King Charles II restored the monarchy to England following the English Civil War and the brief dictatorship of Oliver Cromwell. Defoe’s contemporaries included Isaac Newton and Samuel Pepys.
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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2003

    Moll Flanders!

    'It is true that the original of this story is put into new words' thus Defoe tells us in the Authors Preface that he has re-written the original manuscript delivered to him by Moll. Of course since there was no original manuscript or no real Moll , except for a model for her he might of met while in Newgate prison, Defoe is creating fiction within fiction. This is just one of the many devices Defoe uses to depict Moll to the reader as a real person not just a literary creation. To put it into terms of an artist's canvas on easel, many writers of classic masterworks are say like Monet or Picasso, Defoe's work reminds of Rembrandt. Moll comes to life in these pages and seems to be a person of history instead of fiction. Moll Flanders is the first English novel. Some would point to Robinson Crusoe written three years prior yet the time before and after the Island in 'Crusoe' seems to fit the Tall Tale genre. Moll Flanders is more of what the 'novel' evolves into. Moll is born in Newgate prison. Her mother, a thief, after pleading her belly and delivering Moll into this world is deported to the colonies in America. Moll is passed around even living and travelling with Gypsies for awhile. During her early years she relies on men to keep her afloat because in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries a woman alone had few good options for survival and Moll is nothing if not a survivor. On into middle age Moll turns thief to make ends meet. In one scene she is going to a house fire to see what can be had in the panic and confusion ,since she had luck that way once before, and a maid throws a mattress out of an upper story and it lands on Moll knocking her out. She is horrified later thinking about what if they threw more goods out onto the mattress, Moll reflects she would have been 'inevitably killed; but I was reserved for further afflictions'. Defoe paints in the moral degradation of the thieving life on all involved including Moll. She is caught finally and rises out of Newgate a penitent heading for America where she does turn her back on crime even though Defoe in his preface tells us she only pretends to be penitent and humble. This novel is a favorite of mine and having made my preference known I will be objective as I can under those circumstances and claim Moll Flanders as Defoe's magnum opus.

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