Daniel Defoe





Daniel Defoe


Born
London, England
Died
April 24, 1731

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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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3.66 avg rating — 184,938 ratings — published 1719 — 1923 editions
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Moll Flanders

3.49 avg rating — 31,648 ratings — published 1721 — 549 editions
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The Further Adventures Of R...

3.90 avg rating — 4,248 ratings — published 1719 — 86 editions
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A Journal of the Plague Year

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3.54 avg rating — 3,898 ratings — published 1722 — 240 editions
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Roxana

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3.43 avg rating — 2,973 ratings — published 1724 — 102 editions
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A General History of the Py...

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3.71 avg rating — 868 ratings — published 1724 — 89 editions
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Captain Singleton

3.38 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1720 — 124 editions
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Moll Flanders; Robinson Crusoe

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The King of Pirates

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3.21 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1719 — 43 editions
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Colonel Jack

3.09 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1722 — 31 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.”
Daniel Defoe

“Expect nothing and you'll always be surprised”
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April 2016 Revisit the Shelf-Reread Poll

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 288 pages, 1963
 
  32 votes, 16.2%

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages, 1960
 
  28 votes, 14.1%

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, 539 pages, 1980
 
  21 votes, 10.6%

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 273 pages, 1818
 
  15 votes, 7.6%

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 251 pages, 1817
 
  15 votes, 7.6%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  13 votes, 6.6%

 
  13 votes, 6.6%

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages, 1985
 
  11 votes, 5.6%

 
  11 votes, 5.6%

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 227 pages, 1953
 
  9 votes, 4.5%

 
  6 votes, 3.0%

 
  6 votes, 3.0%

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 320 pages, 1719
 
  6 votes, 3.0%

 
  5 votes, 2.5%

 
  4 votes, 2.0%

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 306 pages, 1726
 
  3 votes, 1.5%

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