[This document is annotation to the author's transcription of Charles Dickens's "The Lost Arctic Voyagers" (1854).]
ROBINSON CRUSOE (1719-20) by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), properly The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner, was a favourite of Charles Dickens as a boy, and he probably read it in a cheap re-print. He alludes to it frequently in his fiction, notably as the boy Ebenezer Scrooge's favourite reading in A Christmas Carol (1843). Robinson Crusoe, the shipwrecked mariner, has served as a popular image or analogy for the past two centuries;see "Variations of Robinson Crusoe."
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Chambers Biographical Dictionary, ed. Una McGovern. Edinburgh: Chambers Harrap, 2003.
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