Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe - Author

David Blewett - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9780140433135 | 480 pages | 03 Oct 1989 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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‘I grew as impudent a Thief, and as dexterous as ever Moll Cut-Purse was’

Born and abandoned in Newgate Prison, Moll Flanders is forced to make her own way in life.  She duly embarks on a career that includes husband-hunting, incest, bigamy, prostitution and pick-pocketing, until her crimes eventually catch up with her. One of the earliest and most vivid female narrators in the history of the English novel, Moll recounts her adventures with irresistible wit and candour—and enough guile that the reader is left uncertain whether she is ultimately a redeemed sinner or a successful opportunist.

Based on the first edition of 1722, this volume includes a chronology, notes on currency and maps of London and Virginia in the late seventeenth century.

According to Ian Watt, ‘he, and only he, among the great writers of the past, has presented the struggle for survival in the bleak perspectives which recent history has brought back to a commanding position on the human stage’.