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Written by Daniel Defoe and first published in 1719. Probably inspired by real-life castaway Alexander Selkirk.

A classic novel about the title character's adventures after being shipwrecked on a deserted island, the plot for Robinson Crusoe is pretty complex in terms of events, with the main character's learning important survival skills, fighting off cannibal natives, rescuing a prisoner (Friday, who becomes his assistant/friend -- who is not black, as many depictions show him to be, but a Carib Amerindian) and various other adventures. It was an immediate success after its first release, which inspired various sequels and a whole lot of imitators and stories using similar storylines.

There was also a sequel, The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and a collection of essays/part 3, Serious Reflections of Robinson Crusoe, and well... since the story has become public domain, quite a few recycled versions IN SPACE and the like.


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