A shipwrecked survivor is washed up on a deserted island, where he lives alone until he rescues a savage. Naming the man Friday, the two continue their lonely existence until they leave for England. Crusoe's tale spans 28 years and is probably based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who lived on a deserted island for five years.
Newly abridged by Timothy Meis, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans comes to life under the paintbrush of N.C. Wyeth, with illustrations originally published in 1919. The artist offers readers a close-up view of the French and Indian War, in paintings such as British colonel Duncan's struggle against a Huron warrior or the Mohican Chingachgook similarly fighting off another Huron warrior in the clearing of a wood. Wyeth's paintings also accompany Meis's adaptation of Daniel DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, due out in February.