Daniel Defoe's 'Moll Flanders'
Daniel Defoe (c.1660–1731) created his disreputable heroine in 1722. "Twelve times a Whore, five times a Wife", Moll Flanders weds, beds and cheats her way around the country before being deported to Virginia, where she finally achieves respectability.
Defoe was a seasoned traveller who developed a keen eye for topographical detail through a varied career that included political journalism and espionage. In 1724, he published the first of his three–volume ’Guide through the Whole Island of Great Britain’