The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived eight and twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where-in all the Men perished but himself. With An Account of how he was at last strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself

TitleThe Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived eight and twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where-in all the Men perished but himself. With An Account of how he was at last strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself
Year for Search1719
Authors[Defoe], [Daniel](1660-1731)
Date Published1719
PublisherPtd. for W. Taylor
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

This work gave rise to a whole sub-genre of works dealing with a castaway on an isolated island. Possible to treat it and the sub-genre as eutopias of solitude. See also 1719 Defoe. The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe which is much more clearly a utopia in that more people are involved. A third volume was published, Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With His Vision of the Angelick World. Written by himself. London: Printed for W. Taylor, 1720. Rpt. . without the “Vision of the Angelick World.” In Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 1: 113-226 266; and with the “Vision of the Angelick World” as Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With His Vision of the Angelick World. Ed. George A. Aitkin. Illus. J. B. Yeats. London: J. M. Dent, 1895; rpt. New York: AMS Press, 1974; and in The Novels of Daniel Defoe. Volume 3: Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1720). Ed. G. A. Starr. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008, with an “Introduction” by Starr (1-47). It is not a utopia, but Defoe says lays out the moral basis of the first two volumes.

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Rpt. in Popular Romances: Consisting of Imaginary Voyages and Travels. Containing Gulliver’s Travels, Journey to the World Under Ground, The Life and Adventure of Peter Wilkins, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and The History of Automathes. To Which is Prefixed An Introductory Dissertation by Henry Weber, Esq. (Edinburgh, Scot.: Ptd. by James Ballantyne and Co., 1812), 349-582 [Probably the first anthology of utopias]; rpt. with illustrations by Edward A. Wilson and an “Introduction” (iii-xiv) by Ford Madox Ford. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930; ed. Michael Shinagel. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994; and in The Novels of Daniel Defoe. Volume 1: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Ed. W. K. Owens. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008, with an “Introduction” by Owens (15-51), “Explanatory Notes” (287-324) and “Textual Notes” (325-28).

Explanatory Notes” (287-324) and “Textual Notes” (325-28). 

For some publishing history, see Robert W. Lovett assisted by Charles W. Lovett, Robinson Crusoe: A Bibliographical Checklist of Editions (1719-1979). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991.

Info Notes

Films directed by Luis Buñuel (1954) and “Crusoe” directed by Caleb Deschanel (1988) and many others.

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Author Note

(1660-1731)

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1719 [Defoe, Daniel] (1660-1731). The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived eight and twenty Years all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, where-in all the Men perished but himself. With An Account of how he was at last strangely deliver’d by Pyrates. Written by Himself. London: Ptd. for W. Taylor. Rpt. in Popular Romances: Consisting of Imaginary Voyages and Travels. Containing Gulliver’s Travels, Journey to the World Under Ground, The Life and Adventure of Peter Wilkins, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and The History of Automathes. To Which is Prefixed An Introductory Dissertation by Henry Weber, Esq. (Edinburgh, Scot.: Ptd. by James Ballantyne and Co., 1812), 349-582 [Probably the first anthology of utopias]; rpt. with illustrations by Edward A. Wilson and an “Introduction” (iii-xiv) by Ford Madox Ford. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1930; ed. Michael Shinagel. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994; and in The Novels of Daniel Defoe. Volume 1: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Ed. W. K. Owens. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008, with an “Introduction” by Owens (15-51), “Explanatory Notes” (287-324) and “Textual Notes” (325-28). For some publishing history, see Robert W. Lovett assisted by Charles W. Lovett, Robinson Crusoe: A Bibliographical Checklist of Editions (1719-1979). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1991. Films directed by Luis Buñuel (1954) and “Crusoe” directed by Caleb Deschanel (1988) and many others. L, MH, PSt

This work gave rise to a whole sub-genre of works dealing with a castaway on an isolated island. Possible to treat it and the sub-genre as eutopias of solitude. See also 1719 Defoe. The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe which is much more clearly a utopia in that more people are involved. A third volume was published, Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With His Vision of the Angelick World. Written by himself. London: Printed for W. Taylor, 1720. Rpt. . without the “Vision of the Angelick World.” In Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 1: 113-226 266; and with the “Vision of the Angelick World” as Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: With His Vision of the Angelick World. Ed. George A. Aitkin. Illus. J. B. Yeats. London: J. M. Dent, 1895; rpt. New York: AMS Press, 1974; and in The Novels of Daniel Defoe. Volume 3: Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1720). Ed. G. A. Starr. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008, with an “Introduction” by Starr (1-47). It is not a utopia, but Defoe says lays out the moral basis of the first two volumes.