In eighteenth-century fiction, short prefaces and introductions often served the same function that book jackets do now: telling you a little bit about the book to get you to buy it.
[In the Penguin edition ordered for this course, the eighteenth-century "Preface" to Robinson Crusoe is printed on the page immediately before the novel begins. It's not numbered, but if it were it would be page 3. Do not confuse it with John Richetti's fine "Introduction" to the edition. Richetti's essay is well worthy reading, but it is (a) not required and (b) not the subject of this blog post.]
On what basis does "The Preface" to Robinson Crusoe try to sell you this book? What reasons are supplied to make the reader think it's worth buying? What assumptions about the reader's desires and interests does the Preface draw on? Please refer to the specific language of the Preface to explain what you mean.
Deadline: Thursday (9/1), start of class.