Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

by Daniel Defoe
     
 

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Roxana (1724) was Defoe's last novel. It is a fascinating work, simultaneously strange and tragic, which dramatizes the moral deterioration and degradation of its complex heroine. Mlle Beleau, or Roxana as she becomes known, enters upon a career as a courtesan. She passes from one protector to another in England, France and Holland and amasses much wealth.

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Roxana (1724) was Defoe's last novel. It is a fascinating work, simultaneously strange and tragic, which dramatizes the moral deterioration and degradation of its complex heroine. Mlle Beleau, or Roxana as she becomes known, enters upon a career as a courtesan. She passes from one protector to another in England, France and Holland and amasses much wealth. But she is fatally torn between the dull virtue of middle-class respectability and the evil attractions of the beckoning city lights.

The only one of Defoe's novels that does not end with the triumph of its protagonist, Roxana is nevertheless a triumphant work of art. It is of enormous historical and social interest, highlighting as it does the complex relationship that existed in Defoe's time between public respectability and private corruption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140431490
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1982
Series:
World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,463,678
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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