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Robinson Crusoe Is Published (1719)

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of the eponymous English castaway marooned on a desert island for 28 years. During this time, Crusoe encounters cannibals, captives, and mutineers and endures endless hardships while preserving his human integrity. The first volume of Defoe's Crusoe story was published in 1719 and garnered immediate acclaim. It is considered by some critics to be the first true English novel. What is the book's full title? More...
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The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pirates

That's quite a title!
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Robinson Crusoe Trivia

1. Alexander Selkirk was a real-life 18th-century castaway who was stranded for four years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile. He is generally thought to have inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

2.Daniel Defoe published a sequel to Robinson Crusoe the same year his novel debuted. In it, Crusoe travels all over the world to places like Madagascar and Siberia. The book's title? The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

3.Daniel Defoe published his very first novel when he was 59 years old.

4. Before writing his most famous novel, Defoe tried his hand as a wholesale hosier. (That means he sold stockings. Glamorous? Not so much.) He also owned a factory and worked as a journalist.

5.In 1703, Daniel Defoe was arrested and put in the pillory for seditious libel. He not only wrote novels, but also satirical political pamphlets – some of which got him in big trouble.

6.Robinson Crusoe was a bestseller in 1719, the year it was published. Another bestseller from 1719? Eliza Haywood's Love in Excess.

7.Robinson Crusoe inspired a whole genre of island survival tales, known as Robinsonades. The genre is still alive and well today (see also: Castaway, Survivor, and Lost).

8. Don't believe us that Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, was really all that popular? Here's some proof: "By 1895, 196 editions of Robinson Crusoe had been published, 114 revisions, 277 imitations, and 110 translations–translations in Dutch, Hebrew, Armenian, Bengali, Persian, and even Eskimo, to name a few".

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Alexander Selkirk


Known for Inspiring Robinson Crusoe
Alexander Selkirk (1676 – 13 December 1721), also known as Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean.

An unruly youth, Selkirk joined buccaneering expeditions to the South Seas, including one commanded by William Dampier, which called in for provisions at the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. Selkirk judged correctly that his craft, the Cinque Ports, was unseaworthy, and asked to be left there.

By the time he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicised when he returned home, and likely served as a model for novelist Daniel Defoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe.

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Alexander+Selkirk
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