Born to a petty thief in Londonâs notorious Newgate prison and determined to make her way in a rapacious and materialistic society, Moll Flanders recounts the âfortunes and misfortunesâ of her turbulent life in this 1722 novel. Though Moll Flanders was shaped by the conventions of criminal biography, Defoe also drew on other literary traditions and his own rich background to create a remarkably originalâand still controversialâwork.
In addition to a critical introduction and substantial footnotes, this Broadview edition provides a wide range of writings by Defoe as well as contemporary responses to Moll Flanders. Other appendices include a selection of eighteenth-century writings on crime, prisons, and the Virginia colony.
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