Robinson Crusoe: Novel Summary: Preface

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The brief preface presents the framing conceit or device of Defoe's book: that what follow are one man's true adventures "worth making Publick" because they will justify the ways of Providence in the world. (Readers may be reminded of John Milton's stated purpose in his epic poem, Paradise Lost.) "The Editor" of the narrative (Defoe, presumably) points out how Crusoe's story will provide many moral lessons applicable to all people.

 

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