In Search Of Robinson Crusoe

by Tim Severin
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2009-07-21
Genre: Travel
Pages: 344 pages
ISBN 13: 0786749989
ISBN 10: 9780786749980
Format: PDF, ePUB, MOBI, Audiobooks, Kindle
GET EBOOK
For nearly three centuries, Robinson Crusoe has been the archetypal castaway, the symbol of survival in uninhabited wilds. In this book, Tim Severin adds this enterprising hero to the roster of legendary figures whose adventures he's replicated and whose origins he's explored. With the signature approach to literary and historical sleuthing that has led the New York Times to describe him as "original, audacious, and exuberant," Severin uncovers the seaman's world that captured Daniel Defoe's imagination, recounting dramatic survival stories of sailors, pirates, castaways, and native Americans and replicating their journeys to experience for himself the adventures that inspired Robinson Crusoe. He camps on islands that famous castaways once survived on, undertakes a perilous sea voyage, and searches Nicaragua and Honduras for the Miskutu Indians, the tribe that the model for Crusoe's companion, Friday, belonged to. Tim Severin has once again demonstrated a superb ability to bring together literature, history and adventure in an engrossing narrative.
RELATED BOOKS
In Search Of Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 344
Authors: Tim Severin
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-07-21 - Publisher: Hachette UK

For nearly three centuries, Robinson Crusoe has been the archetypal castaway, the symbol of survival in uninhabited wilds. In this book, Tim Severin adds this enterprising hero to the roster of legendary figures whose adventures he's replicated and whose origins he's explored. With the signature approach to literary and historical sleuthing that has led the New York Times to describe him as "original, audacious, and exuberant," Severin uncovers the seaman's world that captured Daniel Defoe's imagination, recounting dramatic survival stories of sailors, pirates, castaways, and native Americans and replicating their journeys to experience for himself the adventures that inspired Robinson Crusoe. He camps on islands that famous castaways once survived on, undertakes a perilous sea voyage, and searches Nicaragua and Honduras for the Miskutu Indians, the tribe that the model for Crusoe's companion, Friday, belonged to. Tim Severin has once again demonstrated a superb ability to bring together literature, history and adventure in an engrossing narrative.
In Search of Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 229
Authors: Daisuke Takahashi
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002 - Publisher: Cooper Square Pub

This book seeks to discover the actual man and the true adventures behind the life of Alexander Selkirk, the real-life Robinson Crusoe.
The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 568
Authors: Daniel Defoe Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-11-24 - Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Defoe’s The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was almost always published together with The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Only after 1950 was the first volume printed alone—a shorter work for some classes. But in addition to fulfilling the promise of the first volume, The Farther Adventures is an exciting adventure novel by itself. Crusoe returns to his island to learn about his colony, and then travels to Madagascar, India, and China before returning to England after some exciting encounters. Complete with an introduction, line notes, and full bibliographical notes, this is an edition like no other. Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Castaways
Type: BOOK - Published: 1846 - Publisher:

Books about The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-22 - Publisher:

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. This first edition credited the work's fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. It was published under the considerably longer original title The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is a fictional autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)—a castaway who spends years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued.The story is widely perceived to have been influenced by the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on the Pacific island called "Más a Tierra" (in 1966 its name was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island), Chile. However, other possible sources have been put forward for the text. It is possible, for example, that Defoe was inspired by the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an earlier novel also set on a desert island. Another source for Defoe's novel may have been Robert Knox's account of his abduction by the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An Historical Account of the Island Ceylon," Glasgow: James MacLehose and Sons (Publishers to the University), 1911.[7] In his 2003 book In Search of Robinson Crusoe, Tim Severin contends that the account of Henry Pitman in a short book chronicling his escape from a Caribbean penal colony and subsequent shipwrecking and desert island misadventures, is the inspiration for the story. Arthur Wellesley Secord in his Studies in the narrative method of Defoe (1963: 21-111) painstakingly analyses the composition of Robinson Crusoe and gives a list of possible sources of the story, rejecting the common theory that the story of Selkirk is Defoe's only source.Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world and is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. Before the end of 1719 the book had already run through four editions, and it has gone on to become one of the most widely published books in history, spawning numerous sequels and adaptations for stage, film, and television.
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 170
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Castaways
Type: BOOK - Published: 1831 - Publisher:

Books about The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. A New and Improved Edition. With Engravings
Language: en
Pages: 170
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Castaways
Type: BOOK - Published: 1818 - Publisher:

Books about The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. A New and Improved Edition. With Engravings
The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin
Language: en
Pages: 552
Authors: Elisha Kent Kane
Categories: Arctic regions
Type: BOOK - Published: 1853 - Publisher:

Books about The U.S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin
Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-05-31 - Publisher: Oldcastle Books

One man's love of the sea leaves him stranded on a desert island with nothing but a few goats, a bible and a parrot for company. Will he ever escape? Will his new pal Friday learn to efficiently press a goatskin jerkin? Or will solitude send him totally barmy? Pulp! The Classics is a new imprint that gives the nation's favourite classic novels original retro covers in a pulp fiction style - with a dash of wry humour. Redesigned and reset, using the original unabridged text from some of the best writers that have ever lived, Pulp! The Classics promises readers their favourite books with stunning and highly original jackets.
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe – Complete Edition: 3 Books in One Volume (Illustrated)
Language: en
Pages: 835
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-05 - Publisher: e-artnow

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe relates the story of a man's shipwreck on a desert island and his subsequent adventures. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character —a castaway who spends thirty years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers, before ultimately being rescued. The story has been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called "Más a Tierra", now part of Chile, which was renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966. "The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" describes how Crusoe settled in Bedford, married and produced a family, and that when his wife died, he went off on further adventures. Crusoe first returns to his island, and after that, circumstances take him off to Madagascar, then to Southeast Asia and China, and finally to Siberia. The story is speculated to be partially based on Moscow embassy secretary Adam Brand's journal detailing the embassy's journey from Moscow to Peking from 1693 to 1695. "Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe" is a collection of essays on spiritual and ethical subjects, written supposedly by Robinson Crusoe in his old years as he contemplates on the story of his life. Though sometimes noticeably dreary, it is quite interesting at some points, as it reveals some Defoe's ideas about morality and religion. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), was an English writer, journalist, and spy, most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, and he is considered one of the founders of the English novel.
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 1790 - Publisher:

Books about The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner
Robinson Crusoe
Language: en
Pages: 238
Authors: Daniel Defoe
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-06 - Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The first edition credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents. Epistolary, confessional, and didactic in form, the book is presented as an autobiography of the title character (whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer)-a castawaywho spends thirty years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued. Statue of Robinson Crusoe at Alexander Selkirk's birthplace of Lower Largo by Thomas Stuart Burnett The story has since been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on the Pacific island called "Más a Tierra," now part of Chile, which was renamed Robinson Crusoe Island in 1966, but the time scale does not match. Other suggested sources for the narrative are the Latin or English translations of Ibn Tufail's Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, an earlier novel also set on a desert island. Another source for Defoe's novel could have been the Robert Knox account of his abduction by the King of Ceylon in 1659 in "An Historical Account of the Island Ceylon." In his 2003 book In Search of Robinson Crusoe, Tim Severin contends that the account of Henry Pitman in a short book chronicling his escape from a Caribbean penal colony and subsequent shipwrecking and desert island misadventures is the inspiration for the story. Arthur Wellesley Secord in his Studies in the narrative method of Defoe (1963: 21-111) painstakingly analyses the composition of Robinson Crusoe and gives a list of possible sources of the story, rejecting the common theory that the story of Selkirk is Defoe's only source.