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Roxana, the fortunate mistress, or, A history of the life and vast variety of fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau : afterwards called the Countess de Wintselsheim in Germany : being the person known by the name of the Lady Roxana in the time of Charles II

Author: Daniel Defoe; John Mullan
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: World's classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : New edView all editions and formats
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"Roxana (1724), Defoe's last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own 'wicked' life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
History
Picaresque fiction
Picaresque literature
Adventure fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Defoe; John Mullan
ISBN: 0192824597 9780192824592 0192834592 9780192834591
OCLC Number: 33277327
Notes: "This edition uses the rare first edition text, with a new introduction, detailed notes, textual history, and a map"--Cover.
Description: xxxv, 356 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm.
Series Title: World's classics.
Other Titles: Fortunate mistress
Roxana, the fortunate mistress
History of the life and vast variety of fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau
Responsibility: Daniel Defoe ; edited with an introduction and notes by John Mullan.
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Defoe's last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own "wicked" life  Read more...

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"Roxana is possibly Defoe's most fascinating story-teller and this, one of his most intriguing stories."--The Daily Telegraph"Excellent introduction by John Mullan; wisely selected bibliography; full Read more...

 
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