Robinson Crusoe was the first novel in the world. In fact, the literary genre, novel, didn’t exist before Daniel Defoe created it.
The birth of the novel happened in an environmental context steeped in Puritanism. This religious group wanted to purify the Church of England from Catholicism – hence the name Puritans – and aimed at promoting the individual instead of society as a whole. In Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, individual privacy became the subject of narration.
The novel is written in the form of a diary and shows how the individual can overcome all hindrances, if he has enough faith and the ability to open his heart to everybody, regardless of race or skin color.
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind