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22 He feels this very strongly, he says, with Swift, Defoe, Fielding and Dickens. It is significant that he singles out Defoe for special mention as a writer possessing an individual voice whose personality animates his fiction. The desert island myth is one of the most potent myths to haunt world literature. The numerous imitations of Robinson Crusoe, known generically as 'Robinsonnades', number several hundred, including Swift's Gul1ivers Travels, Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson and Ballantyne's The Coral Island.

THE KINC OF PIRATES First published 1724. Full title: The History of the Remarkable Life of fohn Sheppard. An account of the life and career of a notorious criminal, published at a time when Sheppard's name was a household word due to his effrontery as a burglar and thief. THE LIFE OF JOHN SHEPPARD MADACASCAR See ROBERT DRURY'S JOURNAL First published 1720. Full title: Memoirs of a Cavalier, or a Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England, From the year 1632 to the year 1648.

Roxana's faithful maid. Resolute, shrewd and practical, Amy accompanies her mistress through the vicissitudes of her career, abetting and counselling her. When Roxana returns to London at the age of 35, Amy is sent by her mistress to discover the whereabouts of her children, for she is the only person who can be trusted with such a commission. It is Amy who discovers that AMY. 45 A Defoe Companion 46 Roxana's eldest daughter Susan is employed in their own house. Amy assists Roxana to hide from her daughter but Susan pursues them implacably.

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