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The full title being: 'The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu'd Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Years a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her brother) Twelve Years a Thief, Eight Years a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest and died a Penitent'. It purports to be the true account of the life of Moll, daughter of a convict, detailing her exploits from birth until old age. When her mother is sent to the colonial United States, Moll is taken in by a foster mother. After becoming a servant at a house with two sons, her exploits begin as she is married off to one of the boys. Her life thereafter is a series of interactions with men, some of who she loves, some she doesn't - but all of which come about as she just tries to get through life. The novel is partially based on the life of a London criminal, Moll King, whom Defoe had met in Newgate prison.
№ 4 in 20 Classic Books You Must Read Before You Die.
№ 48 in Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.
This book has 190 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1722.
Production notes: This ebook of Moll Flanders was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 21st February 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Gipsy Girl' by Frans Hals.
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