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Daniel Defoe’s: A Journal of the Plague Year

Nicholson Baker

in Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231159319
eISBN:
9780231500586
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231159319.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This essay reviews the book A Journal of the Plague Year (1722), by Daniel Defoe. A Journal of the Plague Year is about the great plague of London in 1665, which happened when Defoe was about five ... More


Spectral Currencies and the Air of Reality in A Journal of the Plague Year

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

in Air’s Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660–1794

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226476698
eISBN:
9780226476711
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226476711.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter takes a look at the supernatural properties of air as Daniel Defoe wove them into the lexical fabric of his A Journal of the Plague Year. After the publication of Robinson Crusoe, Defoe ... More


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