Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

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Despite having complained earlier that London men marry only for their own financial advantage, she deserts her ‘citizen’ and marries the brother of her friend because she thinks he has more wealth. Okay, so hypocrisy is human, but surely she must...
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Written in a time when criminal biographies enjoyed great success, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of property and power. Born in Newgate Prison to a picaresque mother, Moll propels herself through marriages, periods of success and destitution, and a trip to the New World and back, only to return to the place of her birth as a popular prostitute and brilliant thief. The story of Moll Flanders vividly illustrates Defoe’s themes of social mobility and predestination, sin, redemption and reward.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1721 edition printed by Chetwood in London, the only edition approved by Defoe.
 

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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660, adding the "De" after he reached the age of 40. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. Defoe's best-known novels include Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Defoe also wrote the 3-volume A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, an important source of English economic life. He wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. Defoe was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. Defoe also was the first writer of modern English ghost stories, one of which is "A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal." He died in 1731.
 
Published November 1, 2000 by Modern Library. 242 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Education & Reference, Romance, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Kat Kiddles on Oct 04 2011

Despite having complained earlier that London men marry only for their own financial advantage, she deserts her ‘citizen’ and marries the brother of her friend because she thinks he has more wealth. Okay, so hypocrisy is human, but surely she must...

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