Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe
Publisher: Living Book Press
Print-on-demand paperback, 303 pages
Price: $12.99

Continuously in print for over 300 years, Robinson Crusoe is often credited with beginning the genre of realistic fiction. Chapter breaks have been inserted inconsistently in various editions over the years.

This copy, based on my favorite vintage edition, from Doubleday's Literary Guild, includes the full, unabridged text of Robinson Crusoe, and also includes The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The text is very clear and there are no unoriginal chapter breaks, just excellent illustration headings to break up the material. These breaks follow the Ambleside Online reading schedule, and the book features 55 in-line and 23 full-page images.

I'm not certain if all the interior illustrations are by the same artist, but the exterior painting is "Robinson Crusoe Awakened from sleep by his parrot" by A. F. Lydon. The interior drawings resemble the work of Walter Paget and W. J. Lindon. 

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