Storm cover


Daniel Defoe (c.1660-1731)

1. Preface
2. Chapter 1
3. Chapter 2
4. Chapter 3
5. Ch. 4 - Of the Extent of this Storm
6. Ch. 4 - 'Tis very observable
7. Of the Effects of the Storm, Damages in the City of London
8. Of the Effects of the Storm, Damages in the Country
9. The following Letters, tho' in a homely stile
10. From Littleton in Worcestershire
11. At Brenchly in the Western Parts of Kent
12. It has been impossible to give an exact relation
13. Of the Damages on the Water
14. From Newport and Hastings the following Accounts
15. Nor can the Damage suffered in the River of Thames be forgot
16. Of the Damage to the Navy & Of the Earthquake
17. Of remarkable Deliverances
18. Another great Preservation
19. The two following Letters & The Conclusion

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    The Storm (1704) holds a special place in the writings of Daniel Defoe. Widely considered a founding document of modern journalism, The Storm narrates the calamitous events of November 1703 that are framed by the author in the first four chapters. These are followed by verbatim eyewitness accounts, solicited from survivors through a newspaper advertisement that Defoe placed shortly after the hurricane struck. Defoe is primarily known for his later fiction, loosely based on historical calamities, such as his Journal of the Plague Year (1722), and by fictionalized novels purporting to be first-person accounts, including Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Moll Flanders (1722). It can be argued that The Storm was the journalistic crucible in which the master realist Defoe forged his later novelistic artistry, with its penchant for "the telling detail." In fact, his fiction novel The Plague Year remains a required reading for journalism students to this day, side-by-side with the non-fiction account of The Storm. –Denny Sayers