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ISBN 978-1-909585-29-4
First published April 2019; 166 pp
paperback; 210 x 135mm
£10.00
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Jack Robinson is a pen-name of Charles Boyle, editor of CBe. Previous books by Jack Robinson include An Overcoat: Scenes from the Afterlife of H.B. and, in collaboration with Natalia Zagórska-Thomas, Blush.



 
Good Morning, Mr Crusoe

The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of
Robinson Crusoe, published in the year MDCCXIX,
which for 300 Years has instructed the Men
of an Island off the Coast of Mainland Europe
to Contemn all Foreigners and Women.
Printed for CB editions in MMXIX.

Jack Robinson
 
Published in April 2019 to mark the 300th anniversary of the first publication of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Pre-order here; books will be sent out in late March.

To legitimise and maintain their hierarchy, tribes worship ancestors, looking back more than around or forward. How far back? Three hundred years, say: look through a telescope, back through the smoke of industry and the blood of empire, and you see a white man, no woman in sight, building a wall and training a black man to be a servant.

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, recounting the adventures of a man who traded in slaves and despised women and was good at DIY, was first published in 1719. The novel became a mainstay of children’s literature and was incorporated into an educational system designed to promote imperialist ambitions.

Good Morning, Mr Crusoe looks back to boys’ boarding schools in the 1960s, surveys Crusoe’s fictional descendants in a range of 20th-century novels, and questions the sacred status of Eng Lit. The legacy of Defoe’s novel: racism and misogyny embedded in the fabric of British society.