Daniel Defoe

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

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3.66 avg rating — 210,169 ratings — published 1719 — 160 editions
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Moll Flanders

3.51 avg rating — 36,811 ratings — published 1722 — 252 editions
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The Further Adventures of R...

3.88 avg rating — 4,559 ratings — published 1719 — 162 editions
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A Journal of the Plague Year

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3.54 avg rating — 4,603 ratings — published 1722 — 371 editions
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Roxana

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3.44 avg rating — 3,602 ratings — published 1724 — 128 editions
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A General History of the Py...

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3.79 avg rating — 549 ratings — published 1724 — 45 editions
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Captain Singleton

3.39 avg rating — 271 ratings — published 1720 — 195 editions
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Moll Flanders; Robinson Crusoe

3.67 avg rating — 111 ratings3 editions
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Робинзон Крузо

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4.04 avg rating — 71 ratings2 editions
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Robinson Crusoe & The Furth...

3.77 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1719 — 18 editions
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“It is never too late to be wise.”
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Polls

October 2015 Old School Classic Poll

 
  31 votes, 21.5%

 
  26 votes, 18.1%

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  16 votes, 11.1%

 
  16 votes, 11.1%

1880, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, 352 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.4%

1721, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, 339 pages
 
  12 votes, 8.3%

1893, Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain, 160 pages
 
  12 votes, 8.3%

 
  10 votes, 6.9%

1874, Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo, 352 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.8%

 
  2 votes, 1.4%

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