Allegory in Defoe’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’

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The last day of the Easter Quote Week!

On the 25th of April 1719, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe was first published. The original title, extremely long and detailed, led many people to believe that the book was based on a true story and authored by Robinson Crusoe himself. The title read as follows: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Over the years, this highly popular adventure novel, the subject of various critical interpretations, has become increasingly involved in economic theories. Here is a fragment of an article by Christopher Hill…

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