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ESSAY, AND PREFACES
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL,
A New Edition.
AND LETTERMAN; J. NUNN; J. CUTHELL; JEFFERY AND SUN;
OF YORK, MARINER:
WHO LIVED EIGHT-AND-TWENTY YEARS,
NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE GREAT RIVER OROONOQUE.
ACCOUNT OF HIS TRAVELS
ROUND THREE PARTS OF THE GLOBE.
WRITTEN BY HIMSELF.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
THE first publication which appears in this selection has so little the air of a common novel, that many will probably be surprised to see it included under that denomination, and some, who consider their old friend Robinson Crusoe as a mere school-boy acquaintance, may wonder to see him in such good company as the Sir Charleses and the Lady Betties of fashionable life. But the truth is, this favourite of our early years, though it has no pretensions to the graces of style, nor aims at touching the tender passions, yields to few in the truth of its description and its power of interesting the mind. Its author, DANIEL DE FOE, is a name well known in the political history of his age. He was born in London in 1668; his father was a butcher ; his education was a common one, and none of his works bear any marks of thåt polish and elegance of style which is the mingled result of a classical education, and of associating with the more cultivated orders of society : but he was a man of truly original genius, and possessed in a remarkable degree the power of giving such an air of truth and nature to his narrations that VOL. XVI.