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Moll Flanders


'Twelve Year a Whore, fives times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent' So the title page of this extraordinary novel describes the career of the woman known as Moll Flanders, whose real name we never discover. And so, in a tour-de-force of writing by the businessman, political satirist, and spy Daniel Defoe, Moll tells her own story, a vivid and racy tale of a woman's experience in the seamy side of life in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England and America. Born in Newgate prison, and seduced in the home of her adoptive family, she learns to live off her wits, defying the traditional depiction of women as helpless victims. First published in 1722, and one of the earliest novels in the English language, its account of opportunism, endurance, and survival speaks as strongly to us today as it did to its original readers. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. Hide synopsis

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by LouBet on Sep 17, 2009

A worthwhile read of DeFoe, and the mores' of the times. Can be tedious, and per the introduction of his justification for writing something considered, too resque, he didn't fulfill that self-requirement. You be the judge.



by Selina on Oct 1, 2007

This is one of the first novels written. This book deals with the many marriages of Moll Flanders. In her quest to be a gentle woman she finds doomed love affair after doomed love affair. Moll is an interesting character though her lack of maternal instinct might offend some readers. This is a true classic worth reading.

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