Robinson Crusoe Untravelled: John Younger (1785—1860) of St Boswells*

Wood, John D.
July 2009
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies;2009, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
The article examines the book "Autobiography of John Younger Shoemaker, Saint Boswells," by John Younger. In the book, Younger reportedly believed that savages perpetually harassed him like the main character in the novel "Robinson Crusoe." The key role of his wife Agnes Riddell and publisher William Brockie in the literary endeavors of Younger is noted. One of the consistent strands in the autobiography is cited, such as the evolution of Younger as a poet. The duality of the image presented by Younger in his book is attributed to Brockie.


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