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Daniel Defoe

(1660 - 1731 / London / England)

Daniel Defoe
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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.

Early life

Daniel Foe (his original name) was probably born in the parish of St. Giles ... more »

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  • ''Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes
    Lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes;
    Antiquity and birth are needless here;
    'Tis impudence and money makes a peer.''
    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), British author, poet, journalist. repr. In Works, ed. Keltie (1869). "The True-Born Englishman," pt. 1, l. 360-363 (1701).
  • ''The royal refugee our breed restores
    With foreign courtiers and with foreign whores,
    And carefully repeopled us again,
    Throughout his lazy, long, lascivious reign.''
    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), British author, poet, journalist. repr. In Works, ed. Keltie (1869). "The True-Born Englishman," pt. 1, l. 233-236 (1701). ...
  • ''And of all plagues with which mankind are curst,
    Ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.''
    Daniel Defoe (1659-1731), British writer. The True-Born Englishman, pt. 2 (1701).
  • ''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...
  • ''We loved the doctrine for the teacher's sake.''
    Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), British author, poet, journalist. repr. In Works, ed. Keltie (1869). "The Character of the Late Dr. S. Annesly," (1697).
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