Daniel Defoe (1660 - 1731 / London / England)
Daniel Defoe born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, and pamphleteer, 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.
Daniel Foe (his original name) was probably born in the parish of St. Giles ... more »
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''Wealth, howsoever got, in England makesDaniel Defoe (1660-1731), British author, poet, journalist. repr. In Works, ed. Keltie (1869). "The True-Born Englishman," pt. 1, l. 360-363 (1701).
Lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes;
Antiquity and birth are needless here;
'Tis impudence and money makes a peer.''
''The royal refugee our breed restoresDaniel Defoe (1660-1731), British author, poet, journalist. repr. In Works, ed. Keltie (1869). "The True-Born Englishman," pt. 1, l. 233-236 (1701). ...
With foreign courtiers and with foreign whores,
And carefully repeopled us again,
Throughout his lazy, long, lascivious reign.''
''And of all plagues with which mankind are curst,Daniel Defoe (1659-1731), British writer. The True-Born Englishman, pt. 2 (1701).
Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.''
''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), British writer. The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (1702). Publication of this satire resulted in Defoe's imprisonment...