Lady Roxana, ou, LHeureuse Maîtresse Daniel Defoe

ISBN: 9782862604541

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Lady Roxana, ou, LHeureuse Maîtresse  by  Daniel Defoe

Lady Roxana, ou, LHeureuse Maîtresse by Daniel Defoe
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Roxana (1724), Defoes last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own wicked life as the mistress of rich and powerfulMoreRoxana (1724), Defoes last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune.

Its narrator tells the story of her own wicked life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced: by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past.

Unlike Defoes other penitent anti-heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses. The novels drama lies not only in the heroines vast variety of fortunes, but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a Fortunate Mistress. Defoes achievement was to invent, in Roxana, a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story.



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