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Robinson Crusoe was an enormously popular book -- especially with adolescents throughout the nineteenth century. But Charles Dickens detested the book, complaining about it's lack of "'tenderness,'" and famously said that it was "'the only instance of a universally popular book that could make no one laugh and could make no one cry.'" But Thomas DeQuincey, a Romantic author, found Crusoe so rich and compelling that he professed girls and boys alike loved the novel, though for different reasons. He said that Defoe "'makes them [his books] so amusing, that girls read them for novels; and he gives them such an air of verisimilitude, that men read them for histories.'"

There have been over seven hundred published editions of Robinson Crusoe. One critic has even claimed that it has been reissued more than any other book except the Bible.

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Main Characters
Points to Ponder
Did You Know
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