Daniel Defoe

Standard Name: Defoe, Daniel


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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.
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.
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...
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 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.
From the age of seven, when she heard a sermon she did not...
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 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...
Intertextuality and Influence Cassandra Cooke
In a preface CC says she found the incident that forms the centre of this novel in The Christian Life by Dr John Scott (that is The Christian Life, from its beginning to its consummation...
Intertextuality and Influence Margery Allingham
These gripping stories do not feature Albert Campion. Each is set in a small rural community where a culture of voracious gossip threatens the reputation and happiness of somewhat unconventional young women. In each the...
Intertextuality and Influence Harriet Martineau
Writing to Mary Russell Mitford of her hope that they might meet, HM acknowledged the influence which the spirit of your writings has had over me.
L’Estrange, Alfred Guy Kingham, editor. The Friendships of Mary Russell Mitford as Recorded in Letters from Her Literary Correspondents. Hurst and Blackett.
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Her reading included Shakespeare , Smollett ...
Intertextuality and Influence Penelope Aubin
PA 's preface attacks the abominable Writings of the freethinker John Toland
Welham, Debbie. “The Political Afterlife of Resentment in Penelope Aubin’s <span data-tei-ns-tag="tei_title" data-tei-title-lvl=‘m’>The Life and Amorous Adventures of Lucinda</span> (1721)”. Women’s Writing, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 49-63.
and promises: If this Trifle sells you may be sure to hear of me again.
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
It asserts her claim that she writes...
Intertextuality and Influence Catherine Fanshawe
Memorials included just fifteen of her writings, both prose and verse. It added several poems to her known oeuvre. Epistle on the Subjects of Botany, containing a tale and much good advice welcomes the opening...


Spring to autumn 1665: The Great Plague (probably bubonic plague...

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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...

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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...

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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.

1698: On the death of publisher Richard Baldwin...

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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...

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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...

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3 November 1703

Mary Raby was executed at Tyburn for crimes against property.

19 February 1704: Daniel Defoe issued the first number of his...

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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:...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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11 June 1713

Daniel Defoe issued the last number of his periodical, A Review.

31 March 1715: Daniel Defoe published The Family Instructor,...

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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-weekly White-hall Evening-Post...

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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...

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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...

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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.


Defoe, Daniel. A Journal of the Plague Year. Editor Landa, Louis, Oxford University Press, 1969.
Defoe, Daniel. Essay Upon Projects. Printed by R. R. for Tho. Cockerill, 1697.
Defoe, Daniel. “Introduction”. Selected Poetry and Prose of Daniel Defoe, edited by Michael F. Shugrue, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968, p. v - xxvi.
Defoe, Daniel. “Introduction”. Robinson Crusoe, edited by John J. Richetti, Penguin, 2001, p. ix - xxxiv.
Defoe, Daniel. Selected Poetry and Prose of Daniel Defoe. Editor Shugrue, Michael F., Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1968.
Defoe, Daniel. The Earlier Life and Chief Earlier Works of Daniel Defoe. Editor Morley, Henry, George Routledge, 1889.