Historical Novel

Daniel Defoe: A Journal of the Plague Year

Walter George Bell, via Wikimedia CommonsA Journal of the Plague Year is a 1722 novel by Daniel Defoe, which purports to be an eyewitness account of the great plague which struck London in 1665. It contains much authentic detail based on extensive research. Its place between history and fiction has consequently been the subject of a longstanding and inconclusive debate.

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Librivox: A Journal of the Plague Year. Public domain audiobook.
London Fictions: A Journal of the Plague Year, review by Dermot Kavanagh.
Medical History: A Journal of the Plague Year, Oxford World Classics edition reviewed by Alice Ford-Smith.
Wikipedia: Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes
Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe - Moll Flanders - two novels which also purport to be authentic first person accounts.
Samuel Pepys: Diary - an actual eyewitness account of the 1665 plague.
Bloom's Western Canon: A Journal of the Plague Year is included.


Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

Character_sketches_of_romance _fiction_and_the_drama_(1892)_(14598443218)A Tale of Two Cities is an 1859 novel by Charles Dickens, his second on a historical subject, after Barnaby Rudge. Its famous opening lines encapsulate the Nineteenth Century's ambiguous view of the French Revolution. 

It is Dickens most substantial fictional excursion beyond England, and critics have been divided over his ability to deliver on his title's promise in portraying Paris as well as London. G.K. Chesterton argued that Dickens was a less natural European than Robert Carlyle, whose history informed his treatment of the revolution, but had more empathy for the revolutionaries.

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