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Frank, Katherine. Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the Creation of a Myth. Pegasus. ISBN 9781605983349. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781453249178. LIT
A man approaching age 60, an indefatigable writer of essays and polemics, tries his hand at fiction. He is Daniel Defoe in 1719. The book: Robinson Crusoe. Frank alternately explores Defoe’s life of astonishing intellectual activity and that of East India Company sea captain Robert Knox, who, decades before Defoe’s novel, was taken prisoner on the island of Ceylon where he remained for over 20 years before escaping and writing of it. These two men’s journeys  will capture you. (LJ 2/15/12)—Margaret Heilbrun


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    Frank, Katherine. Crusoe: Daniel Defoe, Robert Knox, and the Creation of a MythPegasus. ISBN 9781605983349. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781453249178. LIT

    A man approaching age 60, an indefatigable writer of essays and polemics, tries his hand at fiction. He is Daniel Defoe in 1719. The book: Robinson Crusoe. Frank alternately explores Defoe’s life of astonishing intellectual activity and that of East India Company sea captain Robert Knox, who, decades before Defoe’s novel, was taken prisoner on the island of Ceylon where he remained for over 20 years before escaping and writing of it. These two men’s journeys  will capture you. (LJ 2/15/12)—Margaret Heilbrun

    See all of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Top Ten