Novel by Daniel Defoe, published in 1719. It tells the story of a man shipwrecked alone on a desert island. His attempts to ensure his physical and mental survival are thoroughly documented before he meets another castaway, ‘Man Friday’, who he treats as his pupil and servant. Defoe freely embroiders the real-life ordeal of Alexander Selkirk which inspired the book. Robinson Crusoe is generally regarded as the first major English novel.
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Full text Article 'Going towards the boat I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a man's naked foot on the shore.', illustration from 'Robinson Crusoe' by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) c.1860s (chromolitho)
Artist: English School, (19th century) Location: Private Collection Credit: 'Going towards the boat I was exceedingly surprised with the print of a