Due Preparations for the Plague
Daniel Defoe's Due Preparations for the Plague
As Well for Soul as Body
6 X 9 inches, 200 pages
Defoe published Due Preparations for the Plague, as Well for Soul as Body in 1722 virtually simultaneously with his more well known Journal of the Plague Year. A testament to both his literary genius and social conscience, Due Preparations finds Defoe confronting problems of social justice and spiritual anxiety that remain pertinent in the present time.
In his comprehensive Introduction, Logan Atkinson explores the significance of this work in terms of policy, law and spirituality in the context of the times and Defoe's larger body of work.
Unavailable to the public in any widely accessible form for more than 100 years, this volume provides unique glimpses into late 17th and early 18th century life in dramatic literary style that makes it worthy of its place among Defoe's most widely read novels including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Colonel Jack.
Logan Atkinson is a member of The Department of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa and holds graduate degress in law and in the philosophy of the humanities, and a doctorate in legal history. His research is focussed on interdiscilinary intersections among law, literature and history, especially in the development of public health protection.