Daniel Defoe

  • Quand il embarque à dix-neuf ans, contre l'avis de son père, Robinson ignore encore l'incroyable destin qui l'attend. Seul rescapé d'un naufrage, perdu sur une île déserte, il va devoir apprendre à survivre au milieu d'une nature hostile...
    Inspiré d'une histoire vraie, un chef-d'oeuvre du roman d'aventures en version abrégée.

  • Ce livre rassemble deux pamphlets, inédits en français, du grand écrivain anglais Daniel Defoe. Bien que l'un d'entre eux ait été publié la même année que Robinson Crusoé, c'est à mille lieues des îles désertes qu'ils nous conduisent. L'auteur, on le sait peu, fut aussi commerçant et contraint de déclarer banqueroute. Il nous guide au coeur d'un lieu qu'il connaît bien : la City de Londres. Le regard porté sur les affairements dont elle est le théâtre n'a rien de complaisant. L'endroit et les usages indélicats qui y sont monnaie courante sont mis à nu. Le repas des cannibales de Robinson Crusoé fait bien pâle figure à côté du festin des spéculateurs insatiables, qui n'ont de scrupules envers rien ni personne. Écrits il y a de cela trois cents ans, ces pamphlets, encore pleins de verve, ne manquent pas de nous parler. On y retrouve bien des questions demeurées actuelles à propos de la réglementation et du contrôle des marchés ou encore du rôle de l'information et de ses manipulations.

  • Comment être une femme au XVIIIème siècle et survivre quand on a été abandonnée par son mari ? Lady Roxana ou l'Heureuse catin paru en Angleterre en 1724, un roman hautement subversif qui détonne par sa modernité !Née à Poitiers, de parents protestants, Roxana est venue en Angleterre en 1683 avec ses parents qui fuyaient devant la persécution. Très belle, elle épouse à quinze ans un riche brasseur. Après huit ans d'une vie assez brillante, son mari prend la fuite pour éviter la faillite. La jeune femme est réduite à la misère. Elle confie ses enfants à ses beaux-parents et devient la maîtresse de son propriétaire, sa servante, Amy, jouant le rôle décisif de l'entremetteuse. Le couple est parfaitement assorti et va s'établir à Paris, où Roxana devient rapidement célèbre pour sa beauté. Son amant est assassiné et elle tombe dans les bras d'un prince de sang avec qui elle voyage en Italie...
    Ce roman de forme autobiographique, dans la lignée de
    Moll Flanders, nous raconte la vie d'une femme à l'énergie indomptable, d'une extraordinaire vitalité, magnifique et passionnante aventurière.

  • Moll FLANDERS

    Daniel Defoe

    Heurs et malheurs de la fameuse Moll Flanders, initialement publié sous le titre Mémoires et aventures de Mlle Moll Flanders, écrits par elle-même (The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders) est un roman picaresque de l'écrivain britannique Daniel Defoe, paru en 1722.
    Présentation
    | Moll Flanders est l'histoire d'une jeune femme née et abandonnée dans la prison de Newgate (prison de Londres au XVIIIe siècle), et qui est forcée de se débrouiller seule pour faire sa vie. Ainsi, elle se mariera cinq fois dans l'espoir à chaque fois d'acquérir une certaine sécurité, notamment économique, partira s'installer dans la colonie britannique de Virginie, en Amérique, et, découvrant que par un hasard malencontreux, elle s'est mariée à son propre frère, elle reviendra en Angleterre, et entamera une vie de voleuse des bas-fonds londoniens du XVIIIe siècle. Finalement, après avoir été emprisonnée à Newgate, échappant de peu à la peine capitale, elle se retrouvera déportée dans la colonie britannique de Virginie, où elle reconstruira sa vie repentie et enfin prospère, aidée par son fils issu de sa relation incestueuse...|
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  • Dans cet extrait de la fameuse Histoire générale des plus fameux pyrates (Londres, 1724-1728), l'auteur du célébrissime Robinson Crusoé (1719) relate les aventures du capitaine Misson, « l'homme le plus doux dans ses manières qui eût jamais sabordé un navire ou tranché une gorge » et de son complice, l'hérétique Carraccioli, qui las de courir les mers, décident de s'installer à Madagascar pour y fonder une république égalitaire, tout en continuant à piller les navires passant à leur portée. La propriété est abolie, les ressources mises en commun ; les distinctions de classe, de sexe et de race disparaissent. Le rêve sera cependant de courte durée.

    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) est l'auteur de Robinson Crusoé.

  • Colonel Jack Nouv.

    Colonel Jack

    Daniel Defoe

    Jack lives his life as an outcast. He cares only about two things - trade and crime. Together with his two brothers, he wreaks havoc and indulges in a multitude of different professions, not all of them legitimate. There is no end to Jack's escapades, nor his luck, originality, and cunning, all of which he has in spades. A genuine adventure novel, this is unmissable for fans of Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, and William Golding.



    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was an English novelist, journalist, and trader. Famed for his novel `Robinson Crusoe', he has often been deemed the founder of the English novel. He wrote more than five hundred books on a wide variety of topics, dominating the literary circles of his time. His other notable works include `Moll Flanders', `A Journal of the Plague Year', and `Captain Singleton'.

  • Édition enrichie (Préface, notes, commentaires sur l'oeuvre, chronologie et bibliographie)Nouvelle approche, c'est : Un nouvel art de lire...  ou de relire. Un nouvel art d'aborder les textes, même les plus intimidants.
    Echoué sur une île déserte avec pour tous bagages quelques graines de blé et d'orge, un mousquet, de la poudre et des balles, Robinson n'entrevoit d'abord que la faim et la mort. Mais il va tout réinventer : le feu, le pain, le fromage, l'amitié et le bonheur.
    Le premier roman anglais, le premier et le seul roman écologique à suspense.
    Préface de Michel Mohrt, de l'Académie française.
    Commentaires et notes de Jean Bessière. 

  • Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress Nouv.

    Daniel Defoe's last novel, `Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress' is a biographical account of a woman's fight for survival. Having recently become penniless, Roxana is forced to resort to sexual services in order to keep herself afloat. Defoe's flair for depicting female struggle render this a deeply human novel, unmissable for those who enjoyed Defoe's own `Moll Flanders'.



    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was an English novelist, journalist, and trader. Famed for his novel `Robinson Crusoe', he has often been deemed the founder of the English novel. He wrote more than five hundred books on a wide variety of topics, dominating the literary circles of his time. His other notable works include `Moll Flanders', `A Journal of the Plague Year', and `Captain Singleton'.

  • « A dix ans, on ne lit pas les livres, on les vit. Les aventures de Robinson Crusoe ont nourri beaucoup de rêves de mon enfance. Les ayant plusieurs fois relues au cours d'une longue vie, je leur ai découvert sans cesse de nouvelles grâces : une leçon de morale, une leçon de choses, une leçon sur le si fragile destin de l'homme seul... » Michel Déon, de l'Académie françaiseRobinson Crusoé, sans doute le plus célèbre des roman de langue anglaise, fut un énorme succès en Angleterre dès sa parution en 1719, puis en France à la fin du siècle, grâce à J.-J. Rousseau qui y voyait « le plus heureux traité d'éducation naturelle ».Probablement inspirée de la mésaventure réelle du marin Alexander Selkirk, abandonné par son capitaine sur une île déserte du Pacifique, l'histoire de Robinson est présentée par Defoe comme un récit véridique, dont le caractère réaliste et concret demeure toujours aussi convaincant trois siècles plus tard. 
    Mais l'influence considérable de ce classique du livre d'aventures tient aussi à la dimension philosophique et morale de l'épreuve qu'affronte son héros solitaire et vaillant que Malraux compara à Don Quichotte et à l'Idiot.La nouvelle traduction de Françoise du Sorbier restitue toute la fraîcheur, la vitalité, la puissance du texte original. Elle nous permet de redécouvrir avec bonheur la voix de Robinson, héros ordinaire qui raconte avec des mots simples son extraordinaire histoire.

  • `Lord have mercy upon us'. If these words were painted on your door, it could only mean one thing-you were one of the infected.

    In the years 1665 and 1666, the bubonic plague ravaged London. Bodies piled up on the streets, families quarantined themselves indoors. 100,000 people would perish, a quarter of the city's population.

    In "A Journal of the Plague Year", Daniel Defoe offer a fictionalised account of the pandemic, seen through the eyes of a God-fearing, upper-class Londoner. Gruesome and vivid in its details, it makes for a terrifyingly relevant read for modern audiences.



    English writer Daniel Defoe (c. 1660-1731) led an extraordinary life. As a child, he survived both the Great Fire of London and a major outbreak of the bubonic plague. As an adult, he enjoyed careers as a merchant, political satirist, rebel soldier and even a spy.

    Defoe was in his fifties before he finally turned his hand to fiction. "Robinson Crusoe", his first novel, was an instant bestseller. The story of a shipwrecked sailor, its style and structure made it a landmark text in the history of English literature. His other notable works include "Moll Flanders", "A Journal of the Plague Year" and "Captain Singleton".

  • "The Storm" (1704) is a founding document of modern journalism. It tells of the events of November 1703, when a hurricane struck Britain. It is composed of verbatim eyewitness accounts, solicited from survivors through a newspaper advertisement that Defoe placed shortly after the hurricane struck.
    This account remains a required reading for journalism students to this day.



    Daniel Defoe (c. 1660-1731) was and English writer and spy. His most famous novel, "Robinson Crusoe" (1719), is one of the earliest novels ever written, making Defoe a founding figure of the English novel. He is also remembered for his "Moll Flanders" (1722) and "Journal of the Plague Year" (1722), which remains a required reading for journalism students to this day, side-by-side with the non-fiction account of "The Storm" (1704). He wrote more than three hundred books, pamphlets and journals in his lifetime and was often in trouble with the authorities.

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    Lady Roxana

    Daniel Defoe

    SOMMAIRE. - Je suis mariée à un riche brasseur. - Mort de mon père et du père de mon mari. - Mystérieuse disparition de mon mari. - Je vends mes effets pour vivre. - Attachement de ma servante, Amy. - Conseils de deux amies. - Mes enfants sont envoyés à leur tante. - Conduite haineuse de la tante. - Caractère aimable de l'oncle. - Générosité de mon propriétaire. - Mon propriétaire dîne avec moi. - Le mobilier de ma maison est restauré. - Déclaration d'amour.
    Fruit d'une sélection réalisée au sein des fonds de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, Collection XIX a pour ambition de faire découvrir des textes classiques et moins classiques dans les meilleures éditions du XIXe siècle.


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    'It happen'd one Day about Noon going towards my Boat, I was exceedingly surpriz'd with the Print of a Man's naked Foot on the Shore.'
    Shipwrecked in a storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a remote and desolate island. As he struggles to piece together a life for himself, Crusoe's physical, moral and spiritual values are tested to the limit. For 24 years he remains in solitude and learns to tame and master the island, until he finally comes across another human being. Considered a classic literary masterpiece, and frequently interpreted as a comment on the British Imperialist approach at the time, Defoe's fable was and still is revered as the very first English novel.

  • Anglais The Storm

    Daniel Defoe

    On the evening of 26th November 1703, a cyclone from the north Atlantic hammered into southern Britain at over seventy miles an hour, claiming the lives of over 8,000 people. Eyewitnesses reported seeing cows left stranded in the branches of trees and windmills ablaze from the friction of their whirling sails. For Defoe, bankrupt and just released from prison for seditious writings, the storm struck during one of his bleakest moments.
    But it also furnished him with the material for his first book, and in his powerful depiction of private suffering and individual survival played out against a backdrop of public calamity we can trace the outlines of his later masterpieces such as A Journal of the Plague Year and Robinson Crusoe.


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    'My true name is so well known in the Records or Registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not to be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work.'
    Born into the seedy world of Newgate Prison and abandoned as a baby at six months old, Moll Flanders soon learns that she can only rely on herself. Her story is an unapologetic one of bigamy, prostitution and theft told in her own indomitable and alluring way. Scurrilous and incorrigible, the reader is left wondering whether Moll is merely a brazen criminal, or a victim or her own circumstance.
    Defoe's witty romp through the eighteenth-century underworld has much to say about the forces of good and evil and is undeniably one of his most satirical novels.

  • Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God. This edition features maps.

  • Moll Flanders is, according to Virginia Woolf, one of the "few English novels which we can call indisputably great." Written by Defoe in 1722 under a pseudonym so his readers would think it an actual journal of the ribald fortunes and misfortunes of a woman in eighteenth-century London, the book remains a picaresque novel of astonishing vitality. From her birth in Newgate Prison to her ascent to a position of wealth and stature, Moll Flanders demonstrates both a mercantile spirit and an indomitable will. This vivid saga of an irresistible and notorious heroine--her high misdemeanors and delinquencies, her varied careers as a prostitute, a charming and faithful wife, a thief, and a convict--endures today as one of the liveliest, most candid records of a woman's progress through the hypocritical labyrinth of society ever recorded. "Defoe seems to have taken his characters so deeply into his mind that he lived them without exactly knowing how," wrote Virginia Woolf. "Like all unconscious artists, he leaves more gold in his work than his own generation was able to bring to the surface."

  • These are the fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders: born in Newgate Prison, twelve years a prostitute, five times a wife (once to her own brother), twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Her Majesty's colony of Virginia. Daniel Defoe's rollicking tale presents life in the prisons, alleyways and underworlds of eighteenth-century London, and gives us Moll - scandalous, unscrupulous and utterly irresistible.

  • Robinson Crusoe runs away from home to join the navy. After a series of adventures at sea, he is shipwrecked in a devastating storm, and finds himself alone on a remote desert island. He remains there many years, building a life for himself in solitude, until the day he discovers another man's footprint in the sand...

  • Anglais Moll Flanders

    Daniel Defoe

    Twelve Year a Whore, fives times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent'

    So the title page of this extraordinary novel describes the career of the woman known as Moll Flanders, whose real name we never discover. And so, in a tour-de-force of writing by the businessman, political satirist, and spy Daniel Defoe, Moll tells her own story, a vivid and racy tale of a woman's experience in the seamy side of life in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England and America. Born in Newgate prison, and seduced in the home of her adoptive family, she learns to live
    off her wits, defying the traditional depiction of women as helpless victims. First published in 1722, and one of the earliest novels in the English language, its account of opportunism, endurance, and survival speaks as strongly to us today as it did to its original readers.

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  • Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life of a city under siege; the often gruesome medical precautions and practices of the time; the mass panics of a frightened citizenry; and the solitary travails of Defoe's narrator, a man who decides to remain in the city through it all, chronicling the course of events with an unwavering eye. Defoe's Journal remains perhaps the greatest account of a natural disaster ever written.
    This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the original edition published in 1722.

  • Anglais Robinson Crusoe

    Daniel Defoe

    I made him know his Name should be Friday, which was the Day I sav'd his Life...I likewise taught him to say Master'

    Robinson Crusoe's seafaring adventures are abruptly ended when he is shipwrecked, the solitary survivor on a deserted island. He gradually creates a life for himself, building a in English literature. land, and making a companion from the native whose life he saves.

    Daniel Defoe's enthralling story-telling and imaginatively detailed descriptions have ensured that his fiction masquerading as fact remains one of the most famous stories in English literature. On one level a simple adventure story, the novel also raises profound questions about moral and spiritual values, society, and man's abiding acquisitiveness. This new edition includes a scintillating Introduction and notes that illuminate the historical context.

  • A level 2 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Retold for Learners of English by Diane Mowat
    'I often walked along the shore, and one day I saw something in the sand. I went over to look at it more carefully . . . It was a footprint - the footprint of a man!'
    In 1659 Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on a small island off the coast of South America. After fifteen years alone, he suddenly learns that there is another person on the island. But will this man be a friend - or an enemy?

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