A Journal of the Plague Year Author:Daniel Defoe The works of Defoe, the businessman turned writer, have fascinated readers of all ages. The moral tone which accompanies his very concrete view of life is hardly consistent with his bankruptcy in business and his dubious political activities. But Defoe was a realist. He replaced the noble sentiments of literature with the common sense of the ris... more »ing middle class, and with "Robinson Crusoe" and "Moll Flanders" he established a claim as the first novelist in English.
"A Journal of the Plague Year" (1722), like so much of his work, is a fictional reconstruction based on true accounts. It is the prototype of every account of great cities in times of epidemic, siege, or occupation.« less