The Original “Survivor” Winner: Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe

“I was now landed and safe on shore, and began to look up and thank God that my life was saved in a case wherein there was some  minutes before scarce any room to hope…I walked about on the shore,…reflecting upon all my comrades that were drowned, and that there should not be one soul saved but myself.”


Daniel De Foe’s Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, was among the first of a genre called realistic fiction. Since fiction writers were not respected at this time, De Foe presented his story in a way that would give it a sense of being a true account. De Foe calls himself the editor of the tale, which is stated to have been originally written by Crusoe himself, so the story is told in first person by Crusoe. He begins relating how, in the pursuit of adventure, he finds himself as the sole survivor after being shipwrecked on an island. Continue reading “The Original “Survivor” Winner: Robinson Crusoe”