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.Defoe charts 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 covetable edition makes a perfect gift or collectible for any history or literature lover. ABOUT THE SERIES: Arcturus Silhouette Classics are affordable, high-quality hardback editions with contemporary cover-designs and dust jackets. The silhouette motif and rainbow colour palette running through the series make them a wonderful gift or collectible for any classic literature lover.
About the Author
Daniel Defoe (c. 1660-1731) is considered to be one of the founders of the English novel, popularizing the form along with such writers as Samuel Richardson. In addition to his writing, he worked as a trader and as a spy. His canon of work includes more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on a variety of topics including politics, crime and religion. Henry Morley (1822 - 1894) was an English academic and one of the earliest professors of English literature in Great Britain. Morley was an an editor of and a contributor to several of Dickens' publications until he became a professor of English literature at University College London. His major work was English Writers, a 10-volume biography compilation.