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Roxana By Daniel Defoe

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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe

Roxana (1724), Defoe's last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own `wicked' life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced: by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past. Unlike Defoe's other penitent anti-heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses. The novel's drama lies not only in the heroine's `vast variety of fortunes', but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a `Fortunate Mistress'. Defoe's achievement was to invent, in `Roxana', a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story. This edition uses the rare first edition text, with a new introduction, detailed notes, textual history, and a map. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Roxana is possible Defoe's most fascinating story-teller and this, one of his most intriguing stories. * The Daily Telegraph *

About Daniel Defoe


John Mullan is Lecturer in English at University College, London.

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GOR008381717
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress by Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
Oxford World's Classics
Used - Like New
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2010-11-30
400
0199536740
9780199536740
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