A Journal of the Plague Year (Penguin Classics)

by Daniel Defoe

In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000lives.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.54 out of 5
  • Published August 1960 by Signet Classic (New American Library)
  • Original Title: Journal of the Plague Year
  • Edition Language: English

In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, claiming nearly 100,000 lives. In A Journal of the Plague Year, Defoe vividly chronicles the progress of the epidemic. We follow his fictional narrator through a city transformed-the streets and alleyways deserted, the houses of death with crosses daubed on their doors, the dead-carts on their way to the pits-and encounter the horrified citizens of the city, as fear, isolation, and hysteria take hold. The shocking immediacy of Defoe’s description of plague-racked London makes this one of the most convincing accounts of the Great Plague ever written.