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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“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
 
  31 votes, 16.5%

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 324 pages, 1960
 
  24 votes, 12.8%

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

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, 251 pages, 1817
 
  15 votes, 8.0%

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 273 pages, 1818
 
  15 votes, 8.0%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  13 votes, 6.9%

 
  13 votes, 6.9%

 
  11 votes, 5.9%

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, 311 pages, 1985
 
  11 votes, 5.9%

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 227 pages, 1953
 
  8 votes, 4.3%

 
  6 votes, 3.2%

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, 320 pages, 1719
 
  6 votes, 3.2%

 
  5 votes, 2.7%

 
  4 votes, 2.1%

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, 306 pages, 1726
 
  3 votes, 1.6%

 
  3 votes, 1.6%

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