Michael Shinagel has collated the reprint with all six authorizededitions
published by Taylor in 1719 to achieve a text that is faithfulto Defoe's
original edition. Annotations assist the reader with obscurewords and
idioms, biblical references, and nautical terms. Contexts helps the
reader understand the novel's historical andreligious significance.
Included are four contemporary accounts ofmarooned men, Defoe's
autobiographical passages on the novel'sallegorical foundation, and aspects
of the Puritan emblematic traditionessential for understanding the novel's
religious aspects. Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Opinions is a
comprehensive studyof early estimations by prominent literary and political
figures,including Alexander Pope, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Samuel Johnson,
SamuelTaylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Edgar Allen Poe, Thomas
BabingtonMacaulay, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill.
Twentieth-Century Criticism is a collection of fourteen essays (fiveof
them new to the Second Edition) that presents a variety ofperspectives on
Robinson Crusoe by Virginia Woolf, Ian Watt, EricBerne, Maximillian E.
Novak, Frank Budgen, James Joyce, George A.Starr, J. Paul Hunter, James
Sutherland, John J. Richetti, LeopoldDamrosch, Jr., John Bender, Michael
McKeon, and Carol Houlihan Flynn. A Chronology of Defoe's life and work and
an updated SelectedBibliography are also included.

Daniel Defoe, Michael Shinagel—Robinson Crusoe - An Authoritative Text, Context

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