Roxana

The Fortunate Mistress

Daniel Defoe

Roxana

The Fortunate Mistress

Daniel Defoe

ISBN:

9780199536740

Binding:

Paperback

Published:

10 Jul 2008

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Series:

World's Classics

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Description

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. The novel's drama lies not in the heroine's `vast variety of fortunes', but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a `Fortunate Mistress'. Defoe's achievement was to invent, in `Roxana', a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story.

This edition uses the rare first edition text.

Authors

Daniel Defoe

John Mullan is Lecturer in English at University College, London.

Reviews

`Roxana is possible Defoe's most fascinating story-teller and this, one of his most intriguing stories.' The Daily Telegraph