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A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe - Author

Cynthia Wall - Editor/introduction

Cynthia Wall - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140437850 | 336 pages | 26 Aug 2003 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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"The most reliable and comprehensive account of the Great Plague that we possess" —Anthony Burgess

In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000 lives. In A Journal of the Plague Year, Defoe vividly chronicles the progress of the epidemic. We follow his fictional narrator through a city transformed-the streets and alleyways deserted, the houses of death with crosses daubed on their doors, the dead-carts on their way to the pits-and encounter the horrified citizens of the city, as fear, isolation, and hysteria take hold. The shocking immediacy of Defoe's description of plague-racked London makes this one of the most convincing accounts of the Great Plague ever written.

A Journal of the Plague Year Chronology
Introduction
Notes
Further Reading
A Note on the Text

A Journal of the Plague Year

Appendix I: The Plague
Appendix II: Topographical Index
Appendix III: London Maps
Appendix IV: Introduction by Anthony Burgess to the 1966 Penguin English Library Edition
Glossary
Notes "Within the texture of Defoe's prose, London becomes a living and suffering being." (Peter Ackroyd)