Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

Publication Date: November 1, 2011

Chapter: English Literature During The Restoration And The Eighteenth Century

Daniel Defoe was a pioneer in the art of prose novels, helping to spearhead the charge away from ridiculously long and difficult to read poetry. Until Defoe's era, long-form prose was almost exclusively limited to political and religious tracts, or biographies. In fact, Defoe wrote many of those himself. But later in his life, he began cranking out fiction novels, detailing the lives and adventures of a single person. The most popular of these was obviously Robinson Crusoe, but he's also well-known for Roxana (the topic at hand) and Moll Flanders. In both of those works, Defoe actually does a fairly remarkable job in capturing not just a woman's point-of-view, but a feminist's point-of-view - controversial stuff in the 1720s.

Naturally, I belittle these historical accomplishments with yet another stupid joke about classic rock. I think you guys know the drill by now.

Author: Daniel Defoe • Year: 1724 • Info: Wikipedia

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