A Journal of the Plague Year

A Journal of the Plague Year

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, 17th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 29/05/2003
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'The most reliable and comprehensive account of the Great Plague that we possess' Anthony Burgess

In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims. 'A Journal' (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets of London. Here we see a city transformed: some of its streets suspiciously empty, some - with crosses on their doors - overwhelmingly full of the sounds and smells of human suffering. And every living citizen he meets has a horrifying story that demands to be heard.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140437850
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 247g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm

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A Journal of the Plague Year
Fascinating, Informative and Entertaining...
This book will please anyone with interests in 17th century England, classical writing, historical biography and historiography. Defoe wrote his books f... READ MORE
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A Journal of the Plague Year
Defoe on the Plague in a year of Pandemic
I found this pseudo-biographical description of the bubonic plague in London in 1665 by Daniel Defoe extremely interesting and informative. The effect of ... READ MORE
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