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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3.78 avg rating — 404 ratings — published 1719 — 7 editions
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Captain Singleton

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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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