By Daniel Defoe
In 1665 the plague swept via London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was once simply 5 on the time of the plague, yet he later referred to as on his personal thoughts, in addition to his writing event, to create this bright chronicle of the epidemic and its sufferers. 'A Journal' (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he strains the devastating development of the plague throughout the streets of London. right here we see a urban reworked: a few of its streets suspiciously empty, a few - with crosses on their doorways - overwhelmingly choked with the sounds and scents of human agony. and each dwelling citizen he meets has a frightening tale that calls for to be heard.
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