The Storm

Daniel Defoe (c.1660 - 1731)

The Storm (1704) holds a special place in the writings of Daniel Defoe. Widely considered a founding document of modern journalism, The Storm narrates the calamitous events of November 1703 that are framed by the author in the first four chapters. These are followed by verbatim eyewitness accounts, solicited from survivors through a newspaper advertisement that Defoe placed shortly after the hurricane struck. Defoe is primarily known for his later fiction, loosely based on historical calamities, such as his Journal of the Plague Year (1722), and by fictionalized novels purporting to be first-person accounts, including Robinson Crusoe (1719) and Moll Flanders (1722). It can be argued that The Storm was the journalistic crucible in which the master realist Defoe forged his later novelistic artistry, with its penchant for "the telling detail." In fact, his fiction novel The Plague Year remains a required reading for journalism students to this day, side-by-side with the non-fiction account of The Storm. –Denny Sayers

Genre(s): Early Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 01 Chapter 1 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 02 Chapter 2 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 03 Chapter 3 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 04 Ch. 4 - Of the Extent of this Storm Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 05 Ch. 4 - 'Tis very observable Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 06 Of the Effects of the Storm, Damages in the City of London Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 07 Of the Effects of the Storm, Damages in the Country Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 08 The following Letters, tho' in a homely stile Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 09 From Littleton in Worcestershire Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 10 At Brenchly in the Western Parts of Kent Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 11 It has been impossible to give an exact relation Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 12 Of the Damages on the Water Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 13 From Newport and Hastings the following Accounts Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 14 Nor can the Damage suffered in the River of Thames be forgot Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 15 Of the Damage to the Navy & Of the Earthquake Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 16 Of remarkable Deliverances Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 17 Another great Preservation Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 18 The two following Letters & The Conclusion Denny Sayers (d. 2015)