Who is Daniel Defoe?

  • (noun): English writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731).
    Synonyms: Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe ( /ˌdænjəl dɨˈfoʊ/; ca. 1659–1661 to 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy, who gained fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain, and, along with others such as Richardson, is among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.

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Captain Charles Johnson - Daniel Defoe
... In 1934 John Robert Moore, an American scholar of Daniel Defoe, announced his theory that Johnson was really Daniel Defoe writing pseudonymously ... He eventually published Defoe in the Pillory and Other Studies, in which he compared the style and contents of A General History to Defoe's works, noting that the frequent meditations on morality are ... Moore's study, and his reputation as a Defoe scholar, was so convincing that most libraries recataloged A General History under Defoe's name ...
Daniel Defoe - Bibliography
... Storm (1704) The Family Instructor (1715) A General History of the Pyrates (1724), Defoe's authorship of this pseudonymous work is disputed A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain, divided into ...
P. N. Furbank - Works
... He has also edited the works of Daniel Defoe and made major contributions to the question of attributions to Defoe in A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe ... Owens, in addition to many others on aspects of Defoe ...

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    Alas the Church of England! What with Popery on one hand, and schismatics on the other, how has she been crucified between two thieves!
    Daniel Defoe (1659–1731)

    And of all plagues with which mankind are curst,
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