Robinson Crusoe (1719)

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Robinson Crusoe Is Published (1719)

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of the eponymous English castaway marooned on a desert island for 28 years. During this time, Crusoe encounters savages, captives, and mutineers and endures endless hardships. The first volume of Defoe's Crusoe story was published in 1719 and garnered immediate acclaim. It is considered by some critics to be the first true English novel.
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