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Moll Flanders.

Moll Flanders

(1722) The heroine and shortened title of The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, & c who was Born at Newgate, and during a Life of continued Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five time 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. Written from her own Memorandums, a picaresque novel by Daniel Defoe, written in the form of an autobiographical memoir. The extraordinary title - page gives one aspect of the novel -- the providential escape of Moll from a continued course of wickedness -- but it gives little idea of Defoe 's sympathetic realism; it is one of the earliest social novels in English.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, 3rd ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1987
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