A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain - Penguin English Library

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Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.

Book information

ISBN: 9780140430660
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 914.20471
DEWEY edition: 18
Language: English
Number of pages: 730
Weight: 528g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 43mm