- Samuel Pepys’ diary entries on the Great Plague of 1665: ‘One at the table told an odd passage in this late plague: that at Petersfield, I think, he said, one side of the street had every house almost infected through the town, and the other, not one shut up.’
- Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year (full text here; describes 1665 but written about 1722, based on a contemporary source: ‘[I]t was rumoured that an order of the Government was to be issued out to place turnpikes and barriers on the road to prevent people travelling …’;
- Albert Camus’ The Plague (1947), which has been seen as both literal and allegorical;
- Gabriel García Márquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), which is more about the former than the latter.
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23 March 2020