A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain : Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics)

A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain : Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics)

Daniel Defoe

Language: English

Pages: 736

ISBN: 0140430660

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book covers Britain in the early eighteenth century. It provides an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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