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Some great info on Defoe, including a biography, the full texts of some of his novels and essays, plus essays about him.
Check out this website dedicated to Daniel Defoe. You'll find some information about the author and the publication history of <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>, plus a list of useful links.
Can't get enough Crusoe? This site provides an excellent starting point for exploring other works by Defoe.
Check out this exciting new resource for academic scholarship on the author Daniel Defoe. This one's most suitable for advanced high school and college students.
A <em>Smithsonian</em> article on the real-life castaway who may have been the inspiration behind Defoe's novel.
Check out this historical timeline for Robinson Crusoe and his real-life counterpart, Alexander Selkirk, courtesy of Google.
Movie or TV Productions
Directed by the Surrealist Luis Buñuel, this Crusoe adaptation stars Dan O'Herlihy as the titular castaway. O'Herlihy was nominated for an Oscar for his performance.
This three-episode black-and-white television miniseries stars Robert Hoffman.
Ground control to Major Crusoe! This sci-fi adaptation features a monkey and <em>Batman</em> star Adam West.
This big-screen adaptation stars Pierce Brosnan as a very different kind of Crusoe. In this version, he flees England after committing a crime of passion.
The short-lived NBC show attempted to adapt Defoe's novel for television; it ran only for thirteen episodes.
This site chronicles <em>Crusoe</em> illustrations over the centuries. Click on the "Timeline" link for various historical perspectives of the castaway.
South African novelist J.M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He delivered his Nobel Lecture in the voice of Robinson Crusoe. Read the lecture here, or listen to an excerpt in the "Audio" section.
A short clip from the 1954 <em>Crusoe</em> by Luis Buñuel.
The trailer for <em>Robinson Crusoe on Mars</em>, an epic sci-fi fantasy.
A free audio book. Stream it online or download it.
Listen to an excerpt of Coetzee's Nobel Lecture, in which he wrote in the voice of Robinson Crusoe.
The title page from Defoe's 1719 novel.
The movie poster for Luis Buñuel's 1954 film version of <em>Robinson Crusoe.</em>
Marketing poster from the <em>Robinson Crusoe</em> adaptation starring Pierce Brosnan.
See portraits of the famous novelist collected at the NPG in London.