Robinson Crusoe

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Robinson Crusoe is a famous character from the 1719 book by Daniel Defoe (c. 1660–1731)[1].

The novel

The book was first published on 25 April 1719 with the (very) full title of The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates, but is generally known by the name of the hero.

For more on the book and the character, see

Dramatized versions performed in South Africa

A number of plays and other adaptations - usually with the name by this name Robinson Crusoe and broadly based on the book - have been performed in South Africa.

See the entries on the following:

Robinson Crusoe, or Harlequin Friday (Sheridan)

Robinson Crusoe, or Harlequin Friday and the King of the Caribee Islands! A burlesque. (Byron, 1860),

Robinson Crusoe, or The Injun Bride and the Injured Wife A burlesque. (Gilbert, Byron, et al., 1867)

Robinson Crusoe, or Friday and the Fairies A pantomime (Byron, 1868)

Scenes from Robinson Crusoe (Disney Roebuck, 1876-8)

Robinson Crusoe. A Pantomime (African Consolidated Theatres Ltd, 1939-40)

Robinson Crusoe on Ice (1950)

Robinson Crusoe. A Christmas Pantomime (John Moss, 1983-4)

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