Roxana (1724), Defoe’s 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. The novel’s drama lies not in the heroine’s `vast variety of fortunes’, but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a `Fortunate Mistress’. Defoe’s achievement was toinvent, in `Roxana’, a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story.This new edition features a new introduction, detailed notes, textual history, and map of contemporary London.

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