Based on the ordeal of a real castaway, Alexander Selkirk, Defoe's novel is narrated by Crusoe, who tells how he survived a shipwreck and 28 years on a desert island before being rescued by an English ship. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe remains one of the most convincing adventure stories ever written.
A Journal of the Plague Year
Writing in 1721 to alert a population grown indifferent to the renewed threat of the Black Death, Defoe describes, with accurate and vivid realism, the horror of plague-ridden London in 1665. Through the eyes of a saddler who had chosen to remain while multitudes fled, he re-enacts the terror of a helpless people and chronicles the decimation of their great city. Edited, with an introduction and notes by Cynthia Wall.