A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 736 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/11/1971
- Category: Literary essays
- ISBN: 9780140430660
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