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February 1, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Alexander Selkirk (the real Robinson Crusoe) is rescued

On the 1st of February –

Alexander Selkirk was rescued in 1709 after being stranded four years and four months earlier. In fact Selkirk had not been shipwrecked, but chose to remain on the island because of his concerns over the seaworthiness of the Cinque Ports, the ship he was travelling on. He was right, too: the Cinque Ports was later lost at sea. He inspired Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. In Defoe’s story Robinson is the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives on the island for 28 years – never let the truth get in the way of a good story…
Robinson Crusoë, die eigenlijk Alexander Selkirk heette

We have editions of Robinson Crusoe in English, French, German, Dutch, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish and Bengal (!): http://www.europeana.eu/portal/brief-doc.html?query=robinson+crusoe&qf=TYPE:TEXT&start=1&view=table

We also have a few ‘robinsonades‘, stories inspired in turn by Defoe’s work. The most famous one is ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’:
The Swiss Family Robinson Vol 1.;Der Schweizersche Robinson, oder der schiffbrüchige Schweizer-Prediger und seine Familie : ein lehrreiches Buch für Kinder und Kinder-Freunde zu Stadt und Land

Are you aware of any other digitized versions? Please share a link in the comments.

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