Daniel Defoe

Standard Name: Defoe, Daniel


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Education Frances Browne
FB 's blindness meant that she did not have a formal education, and she very early felt the want of it.
Browne, Frances. The Star of Attéghéi; the Vision of Schwartz; and Other Poems. Edward Moxon, 1844.
From the age of seven, when she heard a sermon she did not...
Education Henry Handel Richardson
The child Ethel Richardson was a great reader. She identified with male fictional characters, and cherished three books which her father gave her almost on his death-bed: The Pilgrim's Progress by Bunyan , Robinson Crusoe...
Education Alice Walker
On her own the child AW was always reading. At eight she identified in someone else's house a photograph of Booker T. Washington —and asked, Why don't you give it to me, please?
White, Evelyn. Alice Walker. A Life. Norton, 2004.
Education Sara Jeannette Duncan
Writing by SJD suggests that some of her early reading included Sterne and Defoe . She also had access to Blackwood's and the Cornhill Magazine, and romantic novels by Mary Cecil Hay and Mary Jane Holmes .
Fowler, Marian. Redney: A Life of Sara Jeannette Duncan. Anansi, 1983.
Education Jean Rhys
At a very young age, JR imagined that God was a book. She was so slow to read that her parents were concerned, but then suddenly found herself able to read even the longer words...
Education Mary Anne Barker
Mary Anne's education consisted largely of the cosmopolitan polishing of the colonial ruling class; she felt later that she had had to manage her own learning without being taught. Her favourite book was Defoe 's...
Family and Intimate relationships Susanna Wesley
SW 's father, the Rev. Samuel Annesley (1620-96), was an eminent as well as a philoprogenitive London dissenter. During the interregnum he had been a presbyterian chaplain in the parliamentary navy. He then became rector...
Intertextuality and Influence Emily Gerard
The book deals with the usual topics of travel writing: history, tradition, peasant life, and scenery, with a lucid exposition of the politics of the region.
Gerard, Emily. The Land Beyond the Forest. W. Blackwood and Sons, 1888.
1: 21ff
It includes attractive personal reminiscence. EG 's...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Harriet Burney
The Shipwreck presents (with memories of William ShakespeareThe Tempest as well as Daniel DefoeRobinson Crusoe)
Sabor, Peter. “Part of an Englishwoman’s Constitution: Sarah Harriet Burney and Shakespeare”. Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference.
a mother and daughter as castaways on an island: the mother emulates Crusoe in resourcefulness—until the discovery of male castaways gives...
Intertextuality and Influence Muriel Spark
Robinson is the name both of the island and of one of its two long-term occupants, a recluse who has bought the island and exiled himself there out of disillusionment with human society. Behind this...
Intertextuality and Influence A. S. Byatt
One reviewer noted ASB 's fascination with the symbolic world of the fairy tale, the dream and the artist's vision shape both the style and the content.
Rankin, Bill. “Byatt’s Stories Live Up to her High Standards”. Edmonton Journal, p. F7.
In Crocodile Tears a woman walks away...
Intertextuality and Influence Beatrice Harraden
The child protagonist of Things Will Take a Turn, Rose (always called either Childie or Rosebud), has a grandfather who runs an unprofitable second-hand bookshop. She has read a lot and has (as well...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Carleton
The bigamy scandal generated twenty-six topical publications. It provoked such works as a play by either Thomas Parker or John Holden , 1664. Later MC 's death by hanging made her an ideal subject for...
Intertextuality and Influence Susanna Watts
After the pasted-in pages and a section devoted to Tasso , the volume moves to a poem modelled on the tabular lists of good and evil in his life that are kept by Defoe 's...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Chandler
Her poem played its part in the establishment of Bath as a resort which was respected and fashionable, on both medical and cultural grounds. When James Leake published a revised edition of A Tour of...


Spring to autumn 1665
The Great Plague (probably bubonic plague or pasteurella pestis) raged in London. Londoners' experience is well-known from the accounts of Samuel Pepys and Daniel Defoe ; in some other parts of Britain 1666 was plague year.
13 April 1685
Two Scotswomen, Margaret Lachlane aged sixty-three and Margaret Wilson aged around twenty-five, were sentenced to execution by drowning for being Covenanters : they were tied to stakes in Wigtown Bay while the tide came in.
January 1697
Daniel Defoe proposed in his early publication An Essay upon Projects (advertised for sale this month) the founding of an academy for women.
On the death of publisher Richard Baldwin from a slow consumption, his widow, Abigail , took over the business in name; she had in fact been running it for several years.
1 December 1702
Daniel Defoe 's The Shortest Way with the Dissenters was anonymously published.
3 November 1703
Mary Raby was executed at Tyburn for crimes against property.
19 February 1704
Daniel Defoe issued the first number of his long-running, one-man periodical, A Review of the State of the British Nation,, which began under the title A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France.
March 1705
Daniel Defoe published The Consolidator: an ingenious allegorickRelation or satiricalscience fiction about a trip to the moon on a flying machine whose 513 feathers coincide with the number of MPs in Parliament .
8 September 1705
On this day, according to Defoe 's True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal (published next year), the phantom of a young woman who had just died paid a call on a friend.
2 February 1709
Sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after surviving more than four years as a castway on Juan Fernandez island.
11 June 1713
Daniel Defoe issued the last number of his periodical, A Review.
31 March 1715
Daniel Defoe published The Family Instructor, which explores in fictionaldialogue form religious and educational issues arising in families.
18 September 1718
The thrice-weeklyWhite-hall [sic] Evening-Post began publishing, editing by Daniel Defoe ; it ran until 10 April 1739, after which its title was used, with variations, for other papers.
25 April 1719
Daniel Defoe anonymously published The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe: a novel with elements of spiritual autobiography.
28 November 1720
At a trial in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Anne Bonny and Mary Read were found guilty of piracy and sentenced to hang. However, after each claimed that she was pregnant, both were spared the death penalty.