Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe was quite a guy! Born in London in 1659 or 1660 as Daniel Foe, he was an extremely prolific writer of over 300 books, pamphlets and journals. Along with being an author and journalist, he was also a bit of a rebel, a trader, and a spy. He spent much of his life in debt (or in trouble, perhaps!) he still managed to accomplish great goals, such as establishing the literary form, the novel. And he wrote some great ones, too. Robinson Crusoe is a giant among classics, and Moll Flanders is right up there, too. His father was a prosperous tallow chandler, and his parents were Presbyterian dissenters, putting th4em on the wrong side of the government. Defoe survived the Great Plague in London in 1665, and the following year, the Great Fire, of which Defoe's house was only one of three left standing. He married Mary Tuffley in 1684, and despite difficulties, produced eight children and, according to Wikipedia "lasted 50 years and produced eight children." Well, not quite, because Defoe died in 1731, and though they were married, it seems they may not have been actually together. Defoe died, possibly from a stroke, while hiding from his creditors. Fortunately (for us, at least), he was recognized after his death for his accomplishments.

At this point, only a small portion of his vast output are available as free eBooks, however Amazon has a 20 volume eCollection for $1.99, (but I refuse to pay for an eBook, period). I suspect that eventually, more of his works will make their way onto Project Gutenberg's lists. In any case, there is enough available now to keep me in reading material as long as we're here on this planet, which may not be that long at the rate we're going. . . . But here is a start, especially for anyone unfamiliar with his works. Enjoy!


A Journal of the Plague Year
The King of Pirates
Moll Flanders
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress

Defoe's Memorial


The Robinson Crusoe Books

Alex Kingston as Moll Flanders


A General History of the Pyrates
The Storm
A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal

Statue of Robinson Crusoe

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