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Crusoe : Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the creation of a myth

Author: Katherine Frank
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Pegasus Books cloth edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe; Robert Knox; Daniel Defoe; Robert Knox
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Frank
ISBN: 9781605983349 1605983349
OCLC Number: 755704997
Notes: Originally published: London : Bodley Head, 2011.
Description: 338 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Two writing men --
Crusoe's secret --
"Captivated" --
Shipwrecked by land --
"Having but little and wanting lesse" --
Escape --
Another escape --
Stranger, author, captain --
Captain Knox recaptivated --
St. Helena --
Captain Knox and Captain Singleton --
Ancient mariners --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the creation of a myth
Responsibility: Katherine Frank.

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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."--Provided by Publisher.

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