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Defoe, Daniel 1661?-1731

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Works: 7,278 works in 25,017 publications in 36 languages and 459,324 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Juvenile works  History  Action and adventure fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Picaresque fiction  Military history  Robinsonades  Sea stories  Adventure stories 
Subject Headings: Criminals  Authors, English 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Bibliographic antecedent, Attributed name, Illustrator, Other
Classifications: PR3404, 823.5
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Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Book )

2,476 editions published between 1719 and 2015 in 31 languages and held by 14,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diary of an Englishman shipwrecked for almost thirty years on a small isolated island where, using wit and industry, he manages to build life anew
Moll Flanders, an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources; criticism by Daniel Defoe( Book )

248 editions published between 1722 and 2015 in 14 languages and held by 5,755 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether or not the main source for Moll herself was a female criminal Defoe may have known personally in Newgate Prison, such as Moll King, his heroine's adventures echo events in the popular criminal biographies of the day. It is clear, moreover, that Defoe drew upon his own earlier periodical writings for a number of the episodes in the novel. The Backgrounds and Sources section provides material that influenced the conception of Moll Flanders. The Criticism section offers one of the most comprehensive selections of opinion on the novel yet available in a single volume. In addition to a general survey of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century appraisals of Defoe and the novel, the selections include commentary on problems that have concerned modern critics of the novel, such as ironic intent, the structure of the novel, thematic and philosophical insights, and character evaluations. Among the critics represented are Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, James Joyce, G.A. Starr, Alan McKillop, Ian Watt, Terence Martin, Wayne C. Booth, Martin Price, Arnold Kettle, Maximillian Novak, Robert Alan Donovan and Michael Shinage
A Journal of the plague year : authoritative text, backgrounds, contexts, criticism by Daniel Defoe( Book )

183 editions published between 1722 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 4,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the annotated text of Daniel Defoe's fictionalized account of what it was like to live in London in 1665 when the city was in the grip of plague, and includes background on the London epidemic and other outbreaks, essays on the theme of community in crisis, and critical reviews of the novel
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe( Book )

95 editions published between 1721 and 2010 in English and held by 3,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defoe's eighteenth-century picaresque novel of a woman's eventual escape from the life of immorality and wickedness imposed on her by society since her birth
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Recording )

179 editions published between 1969 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robinson Crusoe's account of his life as the sole survivor of a shipwreck on an island somewhere in the Caribbean. Loosely based on a true account of Scottish sailor, Alexander Selkirk
The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe( Book )

221 editions published between 1 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 3,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moll Flanders has been made into several stage and film versions. It is the story of a girl born to a convicted criminal, who advances herself through a life of multiple marriages, crime, and prostitution, though she ultimately, at age 69, repents of her wicked ways
Roxana, the fortunate mistress, or, A history of the life and vast variety of fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau : afterwards called the Countess de Wintselsheim in Germany, being the person known by the name of the Lady Roxana in the time of Charles II by Daniel Defoe( Book )

123 editions published between 1724 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 3,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Roxana (1724), Defoe's last and darkest novel, is the autobiography of a woman who has traded her virtue, at first for survival, and then for fame and fortune. Its narrator tells the story of her own 'wicked' life as the mistress of rich and powerful men. A resourceful adventuress, she is also an unforgiving analyst of her own susceptibilities, who tells us of the price she pays for her successes. Endowed with many seductive skills, she is herself seduced: by money, by dreams of rank, and by the illusion that she can escape her own past. Unlike Defoe's other penitent anti-heroes, however, she fails to triumph over these weaknesses." "Roxana's fame lies not only in the heroine's 'vast variety of fortunes', but in her attempts to understand the sometimes bitter lessons of her life as a 'Fortunate Mistress'. Defoe's achievement was to invent, in 'Roxana', a gripping story-teller as well as a gripping story."--Jacket
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Book )

35 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and held by 2,879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600's an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe( Recording )

82 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An orphan, born in a prison, works her way from the streets of London to a Virginia plantation
The life, adventures, and pyracies of the famous Captain Singleton : containing an account of being set on shore in the Island of Madagascar, his settlement there, with a description of the place and inhabitants : of his passage from thence, in a paraguay, to the main land of Africa, with an account of the customs and manners of the people : his great deliverances from the barbarous natives and wild beast : of his meeting with an Englishman, a citizen of London, among the Indians, the great riches he acquired, and his voyage home to England : as also Captain Singleton's return to sea, with an account of his many adventures and pyracies with the famous Captain Avery and others by Daniel Defoe( Book )

104 editions published between 1720 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set sail for adventure! As it is usual for great persons, whose lives have been remarkable, and whose actions deserve recording to posterity, to insist much upon their originals, give full accounts of their families, and the histories of their ancestors, so, that I may be methodical, I shall do the same, though I can look but a very little way into my pedigree, as you will see presently. The style of Captain Singleton, like that of Robinson Crusoe, is so perfect that there is not a single ineffective passage, or indeed a weak sentence, to be found in the book. A masterpiece!
The life, adventures and piracies of the famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe( Book )

80 editions published between 1887 and 2012 in English and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bob Singleton goes to sea at the age of twelve, makes a fortune, loses it, and makes another as a pirate before he ultimately reforms
The life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, mariner: who lived eight and twenty years all alone in an un-inhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river of Oroonoque, having been cast on shore by shipwreck wherein all the men perished but himself [i.e. Daniel Defoe] by Daniel Defoe( Book )

43 editions published between 1868 and 2002 in English and Vietnamese and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crusoe leaves the English coast for Africa and finds himself the sole survivor of a shipwreck. On a desert island, he finds another human footprint on the shore, encounters cannibals, and befriends a native
The true-born Englishman a satyr by Daniel Defoe( Book )

126 editions published between 1700 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wonderful life, and surprising adventures of that renowned hero Robinson Crusoe who lived twenty-eight years on an uninhabited island, which he afterwards colonised by Daniel Defoe( Book )

127 editions published between 1762 and 1811 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The further adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe( Book )

27 editions published between 1899 and 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Daniel Defoe (1659/1661-1731) was an English writer, journalist and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularise the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote over five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He is also a pioneer of economic journalism. His most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), tells of a man's shipwreck on a desert island and his subsequent adventures. He also wrote Captain Singleton (1720), which portrays the redemptive power of one man's love for another; and Moll Flanders (1722), a picaresque first-person narration of the fall and eventual redemption of a lone woman in 17th century England
From London to Land's End by Daniel Defoe( Book )

14 editions published between 1888 and 2009 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I find so much left to speak of, and so many things to say in every part of England, that my journey cannot be barren of intelligence which way soever I turn; no, though I were to oblige myself to say nothing of anything that had been spoken of before
Tour through the Eastern counties of England, 1722 by Daniel Defoe( Book )

9 editions published between 1888 and 2003 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise of the novel; studies in Defoe, Richardson, and Fielding by Ian Watt( Book )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Moll Flanders, an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources; criticism
Alternative Names

controlled identityJohnson, Charles, active 1724-1731

Author of The true born Englishman, 1661?-1731

British officer in the service of the Czar, 1661?-1731

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De Foe , Daniele

Defo, Daniel

Defo, Daniel, 1661?-1731

Defo, Danielo, 1661?-1731

Defo, Daniyel, 1661?-1731

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Di Foe , Daniele

English gentleman, 1661?-1731

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Gabriel John, 1661?-1731

Gentleman, 1661?-1731

John, Gabriel, 1661?-1731

Johnson , Charles <captain>

L. M., 1661?-1731

Lay-hand in the country, 1661?-1731

Lover of old England, 1661?-1731

Lover of truth, 1661?-1731

Merchant, 1661?-1731

Moreton, Andrew, 1661?-1731

Tik̲apō, Ṭēn̲iyal, 1661?-1731

True born Englishman, Author of the, 1661?-1731

Даниель Дефо, 1661?-1731

דיפו, דניאל

דיפו, דניאל, 1661?־1731

דיפואה, 1731־?1661

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דפו, דניאל, 1661?-1731

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Moll Flanders, an authoritative text, backgrounds and sources; criticismA Journal of the plague year : authoritative text, backgrounds, contexts, criticismMoll FlandersRobinson CrusoeThe fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll FlandersRoxana, the fortunate mistress, or, A history of the life and vast variety of fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau : afterwards called the Countess de Wintselsheim in Germany, being the person known by the name of the Lady Roxana in the time of Charles IIRobinson CrusoeMoll Flanders