Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress


Editor: David Blewett

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140431490
  • 416 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Roxana (1724) was Defoe’s last novel. It is a fascinating work, simultaneously strange and tragic, which dramatizes the moral deterioration and degradation of its complex heroine. Mlle Beleau, or Roxana as she becomes known, enters upon a career as a courtesan. She passes from one protector to another in England, France and Holland and amasses much wealth. But she is fatally torn between the dull virtue of middle-class respectability and the evil attractions of the beckoning city lights.

The only one of Defoe’s novels that does not end with the triumph of its protagonist, Roxana is nevertheless a triumphant work of art. It is of enormous historical and social interest, highlighting as it does the complex relationship that existed in Defoe’s time between public respectability and private corruption.

Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

Roxana, Or The Fortunate Mistress

Daniel Defoe, Editor: David Blewett

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