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Daniel Defoe : how to know him

Author: William P Trent
Publisher: Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill Co., [1916]
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939.
Daniel Defoe.
Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Co. [1916]
(OCoLC)562533920
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William P Trent
ISBN: 087753053X 9780877530534
OCLC Number: 5083526
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 329 pages : frontispiece (portrait) ; 20 cm
Contents: Earliest years, 1659-1691. The good old times --
Bankruptcy and "An essay upon projects", 1692-1697. An academy for women --
First controversial pamphlets, 1697-1700. The dilemma of the occasional conformists ; Drunkenness in England --
From the King's closet to the pillory by "the shortest way", 1701-1703. Some remarkable providences ; The misdeeds of the Dissenters and the lenity of the Church ; What should be done with the Dissenters? --
In Harley's service : the review, 1703-1706. The lesson of the great storm ; Early journalistic humor ; The undertaker's case continued ; The "scoundrel trade" of begging ; A harrassed advocate of peace ; Defoe defends himself against Lord Haversham ; On tyranny ; A brief tribute to Milton --
A secret agent in Scotland, 1706-1709. An Edinburgh mob --
Lord Oxford's right-hand man, 1710-July 1714. Defoe poses as a prophet ; The need of English studies in a theological education ; A letter from Defoe to the Earl of Oxford on the relations subsisting between them ; Irony that missed its mark --
Defoe extricates himself from the toils, August 1714-1715. A sketch of political events ; Defoe disclaims his "white-staff" tracts and describes the ways of hackney writers ; Defoe complains of the pamphlets laid at his door ; Defoe compares himself with the Prophet Jeremiah --
A journalist spy, 1716-1718. Journalistic amenities ; The pot calls the kettle black ; Defoe describes his work as a spy ; An invitation to Bishop Hoadly to join the Quakers ; The Turkish spy describes divination by wands --
A busy life, 1719-1724 : Robinson Crusoe. Robinson escapes from the current and encounters his parrot ; Robinson discovers the footprint in the sands ; Will Atkins' basket-house ; A truly remarkable story --
Other works of fiction, 1720-1724. Preparations for the passage of the Lech ; Details of the march across Africa ; Incidents of the Great Plague ; The pit of Aldgate ; An estimate of deaths ; A surprising case ; The little thief does not know what to do with his money ; Col. Jack, as overseer on a plantation, tries to treat his slaves humanely ; The success of his experiment ; A trading visit to the Philippines ; A wonderful spectacle in the Andes --
The miscellaneous works, 1725-1728. The terrace walk at Windsor Castle ; The post office in London ; Shakespeare's bust at Stratford ; Adventures among the hills between Rochdale and Halifax ; The trade of slipping gentlemen's swords off from their sides ; Speculations on good and evil, with a stab at Dr. Swift ; The devil no prophet ; A plea against brutal treatment of women ; English commerce not declining ; A proposal to increase commerce on the western coast of Africa --
The closing period, 1729-1731. The last of Defoe's letters.
Responsibility: by William P. Trent ... with portrait.

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