Daniel Defoe


Born
in London, England
September 13, 1660

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

3.67 avg rating — 240,175 ratings — published 1719 — 1399 editions
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Moll Flanders

3.52 avg rating — 40,712 ratings — published 1722 — 1142 editions
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The Further Adventures of R...

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Roxana

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Robinson Crusoe & The Furth...

3.75 avg rating — 500 ratings — published 1719 — 22 editions
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Captain Singleton

3.38 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1720 — 333 editions
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The History of the Devil, A...

3.56 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 1726 — 109 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”
Daniel Defoe

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September 2015 Revisit the Shelf, Reread Poll

1895, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, 118 pages
 
  30 votes, 20.7%

1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, 507 pages
 
  27 votes, 18.6%

 
  22 votes, 15.2%

 
  19 votes, 13.1%

1718, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 320 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.1%

1902, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 176 pages
 
  19 votes, 13.1%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.2%

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