This is a copy of the 1919 edition of Daniel Defoe's classic work, "Robinson Crusoe". The novel explores the life of a fictional castaway who spends twenty-eight years on a remote tropical desert island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers. It is believed by some to be the first English novel.
One of the first novels ever written, Daniel Defoe'sRobinson Crusoe(1719), the classic adventure story of a man marooned on an island for nearly 30 years, is part of our culture. From Scott O'Dell'sIsland of the Blue Dolphins(1960) to the recent movieCastaway, the elemental situation of the person suddenly alone, who must make a life in a dangerous environment, continues to enthrall all ages. Yet few adults, never mind young people, can wade through Defoe's lengthy tome with its convoluted eighteenth-century prose. So here's a shortened storybook version--retold by Timothy Meis in accessible style, yet true to the spirit of the original and the time when it was first published--in a large picture-book format with clear type, high-quality paper, and more than a dozen unforgettable narrative paintings by Wyeth, first published in 1920 and newly reproduced here in glowing color.