A journey of literary and historical detection, across continents, cultures and centuries, to uncover the fictional personality of Defoe's Moll Flanders. Daniel Defoe's fictional heroine Moll Flanders is famous for her criminal and sexual adventures, racily portrayed on big and small screens. But who was she? And what world did she really inhabit? To answer these questionsA journey of literary and historical detection, across continents, cultures and centuries, to uncover the fictional personality of Defoe's Moll Flanders. Daniel Defoe's fictional heroine Moll Flanders is famous for her criminal and sexual adventures, racily portrayed on big and small screens. But who was she? And what world did she really inhabit? To answer these questions Moll takes its readers on a journey of literary and historical detection, across continents, cultures and centuries. Following Moll's tumultuous life, the story moves from Jacobean England to Jamestown, Virginia; from the English Civil War to the struggles of the Powhatan Indians; from the English Restoration to Maryland's slave-worked tobacco farms; and from the metropolis of London to the hamlet of Annapolis in the early eighteenth century. Siân Rees introduces us to real-life versions of Moll's mother, her amoral 'governess', her many husbands and lovers - and Moll herself. These include Moll Cutpurse: thief, receiver, procuress and gangmaster; Mary Moders, known as the 'Kentish Moll' or the 'German Princess', who played a distressed noblewoman to hook rich men; and Moll King, a London thief reprieved from death to be transported as a convict to the Virginian plantations. Combining meticulously researched tales of London's underworld with the little-known story of penal transportation to America, Moll is as fast-moving and rich in incident as Defoe's great novel....
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Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders Reviews
In 1722, Daniel Dafoe created the woman known as Moll Flanders who, over the years, evolved in literature into a bawdy, thieving, prototype feminist. However, in the book Moll: The Life and Time of Moll Flanders, Sian Rees restores Moll to her appropriate setting, the 1600s also known as the Puritan Era, and we see her and women like Moll in a different light.In writing a biography of this fictional character, Rees bases his research on three women that might have influenced Dafoe's writing of Moll Flanders: Mary Frith, who was called Moll Cut Purse, Mary Carleton and Moll King, a woman who lived on the streets. Through the amalgamation of these three women's lives into the character of Moll Flanders, we are able to learn about the streets of what is now London during the 1600s, life in the "New World," and what it meant to be an unmarried, untitled woman or an orphan during this time. Many of these women were labeled women of the streets, which today means prostitutes, but then meant beggars. If caught they were jailed, sometimes hung, other times sent to work in homes as maids. During this time, too often women and children were sent to "his majesty's plantations," also known as America. Most would die of starvation but Moll's "mother" and later Moll would survive. In looking at this book, I see less of a biography of a fictional character and more of Rees using that character as a method to paint for his readers a very vivid landscape of life for women in the 1600s. As an historian, I was shocked at the amount of knowledge I gained through this very readable and often entertaining book. In addition, it had me heading back to the original novel to refresh my memory about Dafoe's Moll which always is good. I highly recommend Moll for those who enjoy classic literature and especially for historians. It's an eclectic look at some old facts. Thank you to Netgalley and Thistle Publishing for this informative book!
I'm very interested in this time period but i never thought that i would enjoy the biography of a fictional character of the era.The book is original since it mixes the life event of said fictional character with real life events. Very enjoyable.*Thanks to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book for reviewing*
This engaging and well-written book is a happy combination of literary criticism and a study of Defoe’s novel Moll Flanders, a fictional biography of Moll herself, a biography of Defoe and a well-researched work of social history. The writing is clear and accessible, academic enough for the more scholarly reader but not so detailed that the general reader can’t enjoy it as well. It gives the historical background to Moll’s adventures, thus putting her life into its historical context, and makes reading the novel a much more rewarding experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it wholeheartedly, whether your interest is in history, literature or both.
Very interesting book. Having thought that Moll Flanders was just a bit of a lusty romp it was eye opening to find that the story is not so far fetched as may first seem. Sian Rees is a very entertaining writer and the book could have been twice as long and still kept my attention.
Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders by Sian Rees is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.So, the main reason that I chose to read this book - my fondness for the Robin Wright/Morgan Freeman Moll Flanders film - turns out to be a slim, barely-inspired-by version of Daniel Defoe's book about the life of a Newgate foundling from 1613 to 1683 who spent time both in England and the U.S. colonies with a total of three husbands, several lovers, ten kids, and thousands of dollars/pounds earned and lost. Unlike the film I liked so much, Rees explained that a 'prostitute' in the 17th century was a woman who had sex outside the confines of marriage, rather than someone who accepts money for sex at a brothel. Rees also walks alongside the book's timeline, while placing much of the key locations and events in keen perspective, and using Moll's journal narrative as a malleable framing device.
It's been quite a few years since last I read Moll Flanders; however, I do remember the story pretty well, and that is what prompted me to request this title from NetGalley. It was fascinating to see some of the historical figures and situations that inspired Defoe's tale, looking at the truth behind the legend, as it were. This title will appeal to those who enjoy Defoe's story, but it is also a great resource for historians interested in 17th century criminality during the age of transportation, as well as those who wish to learn more about early colonial life in America. Overall, Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders is an insightful and lovely read.I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.