A journal of the plague year - the original classic edition / Daniel Defoe.
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- Publisher: Dayboro : Emereo Pty Ltd, 2012.
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Probably one of the first examples of journalistic fiction, Defoes A Journal of the Plague Year is a pseudo-eyewitness account of the London plague of 1665. Writing this in 1722, Defoe casts himself into the role of his uncle whom he calls H.F. and who recounts the events in grisly detail but with magnanimous compassion. Aside from the prose, the book has a surprisingly modern edge in the way it combines facts about a sensationally dire historical event with human interest stories for personal appeal. It seems so factual that at times its easy to forget that its just a fictitious account of a real event. The plague (H.F. writes) arrives by way of carriers from the European mainland and spreads quickly through the unsanitary, crowded city despite official preventive measures; the symptoms being black bruises, or tokens, on the victims bodies, resulting in fever, delirium, and usually death in a matter of days. The public effects of the plague are readily imaginable.
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