Defoe's novel begins among the alleyways of London and ends in the plantations of Virginia, providing a vivid recollection of a life of crime, marital disaster, political adventurism and penitent prosperity. The elusive hero, Colonel Jack, has been compared to Oliver Twist and Lucky Jim.
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Long dismissed by critics as a novel of merely historical interest, Colonel Jack is one of Daniel Defoe’s most entertaining, revealing, and complex works. It is the supposed autobiography of an English gentleman who begins life as a child of the London streets. He and his brothers are brought up as pickpockets and highwaymen, but Jack seeks to improve himself. Kidnapped and taken to America, he becomes first a slave, then an overseer on plantations in Maryland. Jack’s story is one of dramatic turns of fortune that ultimately lead to a life of law-abiding prosperity as a plantation owner.
Historical appendices relate to eighteenth-century Virginia and Maryland and to contemporary crime, punishment, and imprisonment.About the Author:
Gabriel Cervantes is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
Geoffrey Sill is Professor of English at Rutgers University and the co-editor of the Broadview Edition of Frances Burney’s The Witlings and The Woman-Hater.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0192822241
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110192822241
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1989. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0192822241