National Geographic : 1949 Apr
© National Geographic Society 481 Painting by N. C. Wyeth, N. A. "For a Mile or Thereabouts, My Raft Went Very Well" Defoe's Robinson Crusoe has been for more than 200 years a favorite adventure story because it represents puny man drawing upon his own unaided resources to wrest a livelihood from sea and land. Told like a newspaper report, the tale is absolutely convincing. The hero does just what any reader would do under the same circum stances, even making the human mistake of building a boat too large for his strength to launch. When he finds the wrecked ship, he lashes planks together to float the spoils to his place of refuge. Our illustration is reproduced by permission of the David McKay Company, Philadelphia, from the Wyeth edition of Robinson Crusoe.