A Journal of the Plague Year

Daniel Defoe, Henry Morley

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd

Published: 28-09-2020


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This beautiful jacketed hardback presents Daniel Defoe’s classic A Journal of the Plague Year, a vivid and arresting account of the impact of London’s Great Plague of 1665. A Journal of the Plague Year, first published in 1722, is an account of the impact of London’s Great Plague of 1665. Daniel Defoe himself was only five years old at the time of the Plague and so his personal experience would have been limited. He claimed that the Journal was a historical account of the events of that year, based on extensive research and seen through an eyewitness experience, that of his uncle, Henry Foe.Defoe details the progress of the plague through London’s districts, how the city attempted to fight it, and describes the horror of carts piled high with the dead. He also examines the distressing effect of the disease on the human psyche, personified by Solomon Eagle, renowned for parading naked with a burning pan of charcoal on his head, denouncing the sins of the city. Whether novel or history or something in between, the Journal is packed with incident and insight, as well as statistics and intriguing facts, making a brilliant account of a city and its people in a terrible time.Featuring an illuminating introduction by Henry Morley, this beautiful jacketed hardback makes a perfect gift or collectible for any history or literature lover.ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Silhouette Classics are high-quality hardback editions with contemporary cover-designs. Presented with dust jackets and beautiful colour end-papers, the titles in this series make wonderful gifts or collectibles for any classic literature lover.

Additional information

Dimensions 150 × 231 mm
Page Count 224