A Journal of the Plague Year: Written by a Citizen Who Continued All the While in London

A Journal of the Plague Year: Written by a Citizen Who Continued All the While in London

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A Journal of the Plague Year: Written by a Citizen Who Continued All the While in London

A Journal of the Plague Year: Written by a Citizen Who Continued All the While in London

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Twenty-five days after the appearance of "Religious Courtship," and forty-nine days after "Moll Flanders," Defoe published, on the I7th of March 1722, "A Journal of the Plague Year : being observations or memorials of the most remarkable occurrences, as well public as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in I665. Written by a Citizen who continued all the while in London. Never made public before."

Attention was drawn to the Plague of London by the public alarm at the plague at Marseilles in 1720-I. A very large number of books and pamphlets had been published on the outbreak at Marseilles and on the pestilence in general, and Defoe showed his usual skill in seizing upon a subject of general interest and using it for his own purpose. He had already written on this topic in the newspapers, and in the same year he published another excellent narrative of the Plaguc, which will be found in a later volume; and these works are all that can be said to have survived of the many which were written at this time. In fact, the popular knowledge of the Plague is derived almost wholly from Defoe.

Upon what, then, did Defoe base his narrative ?

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