Robinson Crusoe


Robinson Crusoe is a novel written by Daniel Dafoe. The book is a fictional autobiography of Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe leaves his home in England and travels by boat. He is shipwrecked and becomes a castaway. He spends years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad. When the book was first published in 1719, the author pretended that the novel was a true story.

Many people think that the idea for the story came from a real person called Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a Scottish castaway who spent four years on an island in the Pacific. The book was very popular. It has also been adapted for the theatre, film and television.


You can buy this book as a graded reader (with an audio CD). It is suitable for A2 (Pre-Intermediate) level students of English. Get the book here.


autobiography, noun [C, U], a book in which someone writes about their own life
shipwrecked, verb,to survive after your ship has been destroyed in an accident
castaway, noun [C], someone who has left alone on an island
remote, adjective, far from towns or where other people live
tropical, adjective, coming from or existing in the hottest parts of the world
pretend, verb, to behave as if something is true when it is not really true
adapt, verb, if a book is adapted for film or television, it is changed so that it can be made into a film or television programme

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