Daniel Defoe


Born:  Year 1660.

Died:  April 24, 1731.

Family: James Foe (father)

Biography:  Born Daniel Foe, he later changed his name to Defoe “wanting to sound more gentlemanly.”  After forgoing his earlier decision to be coming a dissenting minister, Defoe started a business in 1683 where he traveled around selling an assortment of goods.  He declared bankruptcy in 1692 and soon after left the world of business to become a writer.  He wrote political pamphlets and works, worked as a journalist and at the age of 59 he became a novelist.



  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Moll Flanders
  • Colonel Jack 
  • Captain Singleton
  • Journal of the Plague Year
  • Roxana 
  • Dickory Cronke
  • Memories of a Cavalier
  • The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York Mariner

Short Stories

  • “The Apparition of Mrs. Veal”
  • “The Consolidator: The History of the Remarkable Life of John Sheppards”
  • “Everybody’s Business is Nobody’s Business”
  • “From London to Land’s End”
  • “The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton”
  • “Memories of Major Alexander Ramkins”
  • “Of Captain Mission”
  • “A Tour Through the Eastern Counties of England”
  • “A Vindicaton of the Press”


  • The Complete English Tradesman
  • An Essay Upon Projects
  • Military Memories of Capt. George Carleton

Political Pieces

  • The True-Born Englishman
  • “Conjugal Lewdness: or, Matrimonial Whoredom”
  • “A Treatise Concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed”

Works Cited

“Daniel Defoe: Biography.”  Bio. True Story.  2013.  <http://www.biography.com/people/daniel-defoe-9269678&gt;.

Defoe, Daniel.  “The Complete Daniel Defoe Collection.”  Amazon.ca.  <http://www.amazon.ca/Complete-Collection-Includes-Robinson-ebook/dp/B003MNGEL6&gt;.      


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