The Storm

The Storm

by Daniel Defoe
     
 

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"On the evening of 26 November 1703, a hurricane from the north Atlantic hammered into Britain: it remains the worst storm the nation has ever experienced. Eyewitnesses saw cows thrown into trees and windmills ablaze from the friction of their whirling sails - and some 8,000 people lost their lives. For Daniel Defoe, bankrupt and just released from prison for his… See more details below

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"On the evening of 26 November 1703, a hurricane from the north Atlantic hammered into Britain: it remains the worst storm the nation has ever experienced. Eyewitnesses saw cows thrown into trees and windmills ablaze from the friction of their whirling sails - and some 8,000 people lost their lives. For Daniel Defoe, bankrupt and just released from prison for his 'seditious' writings, the storm struck during one of his bleakest moments. But it also furnished him with material for his first book, and in this powerful depiction of suffering and survival played out against a backdrop of natural devastation, we can trace the outlines of Defoe's later masterpieces, A Journal of the Plague Year and Robinson Crusoe." This new edition marks the 300th anniversary of the first publication of The Storm. It also includes two other pieces by Defoe, inspired by that momentous night.

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Library Journal
Though first released in 1704, this title is quite timely. Defoe here offers a detailed report on a massive hurricane that hit Britain, leaving thousands dead and homes and businesses destroyed for miles in every direction. Sound familiar? This edition contains maps and scholarly info. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141439921
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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