By Daniel Defoe
Britain within the early eighteenth century: an advent that's either informative and imaginitive, trustworthy and unique. To the culture of trip writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's event as a businessman, soldier, monetary journalist and secret agent, and his travel (1724-6) is a useful resource of social and fiscal historical past. yet this booklet is way greater than a superbly written consultant to Britain earlier than the commercial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, artistic streak that endows his paintings with stunning power and rigidity, and the journey is his deeply inventive reaction to a courageous new financial international. by means of utilizing his talents as a chronicler, a polemicist and an inventive author keenly delicate to the depredations of time, Defoe greater than achieves his objective of rendering 'the current state' of england.
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I was carrying with me the idee fixe of the mad and the strong. I could see myself from a distance rising up from the mob-ridden earth and ascending to heaven like an immortal eagle, and before such a grand spectacle no man can feel the pain that's jabbing at him. The next day I was worse. I finally did something about it, but in an incomplete way, with no method or attention or follow-through. Such was the origin of the illness that brought me to eternity. You already know that I died on a Friday, an unlucky day, and I think I've shown that it was my invention that killed me.