Cheshire Cats Classics Club Discussing "Moll Flanders"

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Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe
Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe

Our February pick is "Moll Flanders" by Daniel Defoe.

Moll Flanders is, according to Virginia Woolf, one of the "few

English novels which we can call indisputably great." Written by Defoe

in 1722   under a pseudonym so his readers would think it an actual

journal of the ribald fortunes and misfortunes of a woman in

eighteenth-century  London, the book remains a picaresque novel of

astonishing vitality. From her birth in Newgate Prison to her ascent to a

position of wealth and  stature, Moll Flanders demonstrates both a

mercantile spirit and an indomitable will. This vivid saga of an

irresistible and notorious heroine --her high misdemeanors and

delinquencies, her varied careers as a prostitute, a charming and  

faithful wife, a thief, and a convict-- endures today as one of the

liveliest, most candid records of a woman's progress through the

hypocritical labyrinth of society ever recorded. "Defoe seems to have

taken his characters so deeply into his mind that he lived them without

exactly knowing how," wrote Virginia Woolf. "Like all unconscious

artists, he leaves more gold in his work than his own generation was

able to bring to the surface."

For more information regarding this book club, contact Jenn Bartlett at: jbartlett@cheshirelibrary.org. To register for this program, visit: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=CHESHIRE&curApp=events&curID=125908


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