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Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731.
The Journal of the plague year.
The history of the great plague in London, in the year 1665 : containing observations and memorials of the most remarkable occurrences, both public and private, that happened during that dreadful period. By a citizen, who lived the whole time in London. To which is added, a journal of the plague at Marseilles, in the year 1720.
London : printed for, and sold by F. and J. Noble ..., 1754.

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Defoe was an infant in 1665, but his fictional citizen's eyewitness account of the outbreak of plague in London syntheses the official record and the tales of survivors into a classic work of art. Published in 1722, it stresses the breakdown of public and private morality in the plague-stricken city. This 1754 edition appeared 20 years after Defoe's death and it remains in print today.

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