Strange discrepancy in chapter titles
I am about two thirds of the way through this book and whilst tidying up one of my bookcases yesterday I found I owned an old second hand copy of it.
As I am enjoying it I thought I might as well finish reading the dead tree version rather than through email. However, when I tried to find where I was up to I was not initially able to.
The chapter names (and in some cases the chapter stops) are completely different between the 1965 printing I own and the copy on this site. I checked Project Guttenberg and compared their copy and their chapters match those of this site (indeed that might be where the Daily Lit copy came from).
Does anyone know why there might be a difference and which copy might be the original?
The interesting thing about my book copy is that the chapters are all written in the first person; I Go To Sea, I Build My Fortress, which makes sense given the context of the story.
DailyLit's version of "Robinson Crusoe" did indeed come from Project Gutenberg. The novel originally had no chapter divisions whatsoever, and the chapters were created at a later date by people other than Defoe. I would guess that the discrepancies you noticed are due to the variations among different editions of the novel. Hope this helps!
Feb 8, 2008 5:08 pm
by MaggieH (admin)
That's very interesting. I did not realise that. Thank you Maggie.
Feb 11, 2008 9:40 am