Robinson Crusoe: Novel Summary: Preface

Summary & Analysis
The brief preface presents the framing conceit or device of Defoes book: that what follow are one mans true adventures “worth making Publick” because they will justify the ways of Providence in the world. (Readers may be reminded of John Miltons stated purpose in his epic poem, Paradise Lost.) “The Editor” of the narrative (Defoe, presumably) points out how Crusoes story will provide many moral lessons applicable to all people.