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Robinson Crusoe (W. Taylor, 1719)

The first edition mistakenly credited lead character Robinson Crusoe as the author. Robinson Crusoe was actually written by English author Daniel Dafoe. In the novel, Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an island after a terrible storm. He only has a knife, tobacco and a pipe. Crusoe learns how to build a canoe, make bread and endure the solitude. In other words, how to survive. Twenty-four years later, he confronts another human being.

By the end of 1719, Robinson Crusoe had gone through its first four editions! A sequel, The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was published in 1719. In 1720 a third part was published, Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, With His Vision of the Angelic World.