Terry Eagleton: Defoe, 3 November 2011
Show More Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox and the Creation of a Myth by Katherine Frank.
Bodley Head, 338 pp., £20, June 2011, 978 0 224 07309 7Show More
Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders by Siân Rees.
Chatto, 224 pp., £18.99, July 2011, 978 0 7011 8507 7Show More
“... is nothing in Frank’s book which treats Defoe’s works as literary art, and nothing either in Siân Rees’s more lightweight, downmarket, mildly sensational Moll. This highly readable study introduces us to a number of real-life originals for Moll Flanders, including the procuress and gang-master Moll Cutpurse, Mary Moders, known rather less ...”