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A prolific and versatile writer
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A Journal of the Plague year
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Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe

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1 English trader

English trader

Daniel Defoe ( 1659–1661 to 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, and pamphleteer, who gained fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe.

Daniel Defoe

2 Defoe

Defoe

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.

Daniel Defoe in the pillory, 1862 line engraving by James Charles Armytage afterEyre Crowe

3 A prolific and versatile writer

A prolific and versatile writer

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.

Title page from Daniel Defoe's: The History Of The Union Of Great Britain dated 1709 and printed in Edinburgh by the Heirs of Anderson

4 Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe (1719) tells of a man's shipwreck on a deserted island and his subsequent adventures. The author based part of his narrative on the story of the Scottish castaway Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years stranded on the island of Juan Fernandez.

Robinson Crusoe Title page from the first edition

Crusoe standing over Friday after he frees him from the cannibals.

5 Captain Singleton

Captain Singleton

Defoe's next novel was Captain Singleton (1720), a bipartite adventure story whose first half covers a traversal of Africa and whose second half taps into the contemporary fascination with piracy. It has been commended for its sensitive depiction of the close relationship between the eponymous hero and his religious mentor, the Quaker William Walters.

6 Memoirs of a Cavalier

Memoirs of a Cavalier

Later, Defoe wrote Memoirs of a Cavalier (1720), set during the Thirty Years' War and the English Civil War.

7 A Journal of the Plague year

A Journal of the Plague year

A Journal of the Plague Year

A work that is often read as if it were non-fiction is his account of the Great Plague of London in 1665: A Journal of the Plague Year, a complex historical novel published in 1722.

8 Colonel Jack

Colonel Jack

Colonel Jack (1722) follows an orphaned boy from a life of poverty and crime to colonial prosperity, military and marital imbroglios and religious conversion, driven by a problematic notion of becoming a "gentleman."

9 Moll Flanders and Roxana

Moll Flanders and Roxana

oll Flanders and Roxana

Also in 1722, Defoe wrote Moll Flanders, another first-person picaresque novel of the fall and eventual redemption of a lone woman in 17th century England. The titular heroine appears

Moll Flanders

10 Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Defoe published over 560 books and pamphlets and is considered to be the founder of British journalism. Daniel Defoe died in 1731.

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