Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
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Barron's Graphic Classics are graphic novels that introduce young readers to immortal literary works. High-quality color illustrations dramatize famous stories that are retold with dialogue balloons and short narrative passages that capture the spirit of the original novels or plays. Robinson Crusoe, a sailor and adventurer, is the sole survivor of a great shipwreck off the coast of a hostile island. Salvaging a few supplies from the shipwreck, Crusoe manages to build a shelter, raise food crops, fight off native cannibals, and survive for many years before he is finally rescued.
 

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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London, England on September 13, 1660. He changed his surname in 1703, adding the more genteel "De" before his own name to suggest a higher social standing. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. His writings covered a wide range of topics. His novels include Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Roxana, Captain Singleton, and Colonel Jack. He wrote A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, which is an important source of English economic life, and ghost stories including A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal. He also wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. He was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. He died on April 24, 1731.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Barron's Educational Series. 48 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The entertaining Severin (The Spice Islands Voyage, 1998, etc.) is off on another fact-finding mission, this time to take the measure of Robinson Crusoe.

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Crusoe’s paraphrased narrative sweeps through the original’s major events up to the stranded traveler’s rescue—then on the last page suddenly cuts to a scene from Defoe’s lesser-known sequel for a one paragraph account of Friday’s death.

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This attitude was usual at the time when the story was written.” Shoehorned into monotonous rows of small panels, the art battles for real estate with both dialogue balloons and boxed present-tense descriptions of what’s going on (the pictures themselves being rarely self-explanatory).

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A labored retelling of the classic survival tale in graphic format, heavily glossed and capped with multiple value-added mini-essays.

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The artist offers readers a close-up view of the French and Indian War, in paintings such as British colonel Duncan's struggle against a Huron warrior or the Mohican Chingachgook similarly fighting off another Huron warrior in the clearing of a wood.

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Inasmuch as the Rising Middle Class takes on substance (in most accounts) during the fifteenth or sixteenth century, and the novels of Defoe only foreshadow the deluge of fiction that began erupting from the press in the middle of the eighteenth, a few chronological adjustments must be made befor...

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Defoe's incarceration in Newgate in 1703 for debt was a kind of shipwreck, she says, his release was like Knox's escape from Ceylon, and his survivor's instinct was the same as Knox's and Crusoe's: 'when shipwrecked by land, take up a pen rather than an oar or sail.

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