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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

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SKU: 9780199536740 Category: Product ID: 47952


Title: Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Price: $10.95
Publishing status: Available only if on hand

Roxana (1724), Defoe’s last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own ‘wicked’ life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced: by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past. Unlike Defoe’s other penitent anti-heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses. The novel’s drama lies not only in the heroine’s ‘vast variety of fortunes’, but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a ‘Fortunate Mistress’. Defoe’s achievement was to invent, in ‘Roxana’, a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story. This edition uses the rare first edition text, with a new introduction, detailed notes, textual history, and a map.

Series: Oxford World’s Classics
ISBN: 9780199536740
Weight: 280g
Dimension: 196mm X 129mm
Pages: 400

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Weight 280 g
Dimensions 196 × 129 mm