Daniel Defoe





Daniel Defoe

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born
London, The United Kingdom
died
April 24, 1731

gender
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Daniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than five hundred 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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Robinson Crusoe
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A Journal of the Plague Year
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Roxana
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Captain Singleton
3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1720 — 80 editions
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Moll Flanders; Robinson Crusoe
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The King of Pirates
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 1719 — 19 editions
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Colonel Jack
3.16 of 5 stars 3.16 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 1722 — 12 editions
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“It is never too late to be wise.”
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”
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“Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised”
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