Beautiful, proud Roxana is terrified of being poor. When her husband leaves her penniless with five children, she must choose between being a virtuous beggar or a rich whore.
Embarking on a career as a courtesan and kept woman, Roxana passes from man to man in order to maintain her lavish, glamorous lifestyle. But this life comes at a cost; she is torn between sinful prosperity and the respectability she craves.
"Roxana is possibly Defoe's most fascinating story-teller and this, one of his most intriguing stories." (Daily Telegraph)
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Right narrator for Defoe's psychology
- Kristin J. Johnson