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 (dĭ-fō′), Daniel 1660-1731.
English writer whose most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), was inspired by the exploits of a Scottish sailor and castaway, Alexander Selkirk. He also wrote Moll Flanders and A Journal of the Plague Year (both 1722).
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(Biography) Daniel. ?1660–1731, English novelist, journalist, spymaster, and pamphleteer, noted particularly for his novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). His other novels include Moll Flanders (1722) and A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
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Daniel, 1659?–1731, English novelist and political journalist.
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And in this chapter I want to tell you about one of our first real journalists, Daniel Defoe. Of course you know of him already, for he wrote Robinson Crusoe, and he is perhaps your favorite author.
Defoe was one of the first to change this, to write articles and comments upon the news.
Defoe was a journalist first, though by nature ever a story-teller.
Daniel Defoe, born in 1661, was the son of a London butcher names James Foe.
But Defoe did not become a minister; perhaps he felt he was unsuited for such solemn duty.
Defoe never went to college, and because of this many a time in later days his enemies taunted him with being ignorant and unlearned.
When Defoe left school he went into the office of a merchant hosier.
Happier than many of his comrades, Defoe succeeded in escaping death or even punishment.
By this time Defoe had begun to write, and was already known as a clever author.
The planter's house was an airy, rustic dwelling, that brought Defoe's description of such places strongly to my recollection.
Ambrose would have suggested Defoe, Maupassant, or some spacious chronicle of family life, Rachel chose modern books, books in shiny yellow covers, books with a great deal of gilding on the back, which were tokens in her aunt's eyes of harsh wrangling and disputes about facts which had no such importance as the moderns claimed for them.
"The 'History of the Devil,' by Daniel Defoe,--not quite the right book for a little girl," said Mr.