Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the Creation of A Myth

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January 1719. A man sits at a table, writing. Nearly sixty,Daniel Defoe is troubled with gout and mired in political controversy and legal threats. But for the moment he is preoccupied by a younger man on a barren shore--Robinson Crusoe.Several miles south, another old man, Robert Knox, sits bent over a heavy volume--published nearly forty years before.Knox's Historical Relation was a best seller when it was published in 1681, just a year after he escaped from Ceylon and returned to England.Where did Crusoe come from? And what is the secret of his endurance? Crusoe explores the intertwined lives of two real men, Daniel Defoe and Robert Knox, and the character and book that emerged from their peculiar conjunction. It is the biography of a book and its hero: the story of Defoe, the man who wrote Robinson Crusoe, and of Robert Knox, the man who was Crusoe.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, c2012
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed
ISBN: 9781605983349
Branch Call Number: 823.5 FRA
Characteristics: 338 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Jun 21, 2016

A very interesting book that interweaves the biography of the English sea captain Robert Knox who was held captive for 20 years in Ceylon; and the biography of entrepreneur and writer Daniel Defoe who used Knox as the basis for his novel "Robinson Crusoe". Some maps and period illustrations; and endnotes, a bibliography and an index compliment the story.

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