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TOUR THROUGH THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN [Kindle Edition]

DANIEL DEFOE
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Book Description

Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history.

But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.


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About the Author

Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731), one of the most famous writers in English literature, was born in London, the son of James Foe, a butcher. It was Daniel who changed his name to De Foe or Defoe in about 1705. He was interested in politics and opposed King James II. After the Glorious Revolution in 1688 and William III was on the throne, Defoe became one of his personal friends. He became a writer for the government and a satircal writer on various social issues of the time. He turned to full time writing after hearing the inspirational story of a sailor who was rescued after living alone on a desert island in the Pacific, the result being his first novel ROBINSON CRUSOE. Several other adventure stories followed, including MOLL FLANDERS.

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  • File Size: 1096 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Houseshop (January 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IEA1TE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful description of 18th century Britain April 4, 2013
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Defoe gives a delightful tour of Britain in the 1700's.
He include vivid descriptions of the English countryside with
witty asides about history and current (1700's) royalty
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