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Daniel Defoe

English trader, writer and journalist

1660   -   1731

country of citizenship: Kingdom of England, Kingdom of Great Britain
occupation: journalist, novelist, prosaist, children's writer, publicist

Daniel Defoe (; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Defoe is noted for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson, and is among the founders of the English novel. Defoe wrote many political tracts and often was in trouble with the authorities, including prison time. Intellectuals and political leaders paid attention to his fresh ideas and sometimes consulted with him. Defoe was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than three hundred works—books, pamphlets, and journals—on diverse topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He was also a pioneer of business journalism and economic journalism.
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works

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Colonel Jack

book by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1722

Robinson Crusoe

novel by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1719

A Journal of the Plague Year

book by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1722

Captain Singleton

1720 Daniel Defoe novel

author: Daniel Defoe

Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

novel by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1724

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

1719 novel by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1719

A Plan of the English Commerce

book by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1728

Conjugal Lewdness

book by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

Memoirs of a Cavalier

book by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1720

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