On the evening of November 26, 1703, a hurricane from the north
Atlantic hammered into Britain: it remains the worst storm the
nation has ever experienced. Eyewitnesses saw cows thrown into
trees and windmills ablaze from the friction of their whirling
sails -- and some 8,000 people lost their lives. For Defoe,
bankrupt and just released from prison for his "seditious"
writings, the storm struck during one of his bleakest moments. But
it also furnished him with material for his first book, and in this
powerful depiction of suffering and survival played out against a
backdrop of natural devastation we can trace the outlines of
Defoe's later masterpieces, "A Journal of the Plague Year" and
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