First published in 1719, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is commonly considered as the first novel in English. Based on the real-life experience of Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years on a Pacific island, it is the account of the 28-year stay of an English sailor on a nearly uninhabited island near America. Actually, Robinson Crusoe has to share the island with cannibals. He eventually manages to save some of their victims, one of them becoming his servant under the name Man Friday.
The story has aroused the imagination of many generations and has remained popular ever since its first publication. This book is considered one of the most widely published books in history.
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