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Daniel Defoe - master of fictions : his life and ideas

Author: Maximillian Erwin Novak
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprView all editions and formats
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"Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions is the first biography to view Defoe's complex life through the angle of vision that is most important to us as modern readers - his career as a writer. From his earliest collection of brief stories, which he presented to his future wife under the sobriquet Bellmour, to his Compleat English Gentleman, left unpublished at his death, Defoe was pre-eminently a creator of fictions. This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Maximillian Erwin Novak
ISBN: 9780199261543 0199261547
OCLC Number: 734058308
Description: XI, 756 Seiten : Illustrationen
Contents: List of Illustrations ; Abbreviations ; Preface ; 1. After the Revolution ; 2. The education of a Dissenter ; 3. Meditation of matters spiritual and secular ; 4. Marriage and rebellion ; 5. Financial woes and recovery ; 6. Propagandist for William III ; 7. The True-Born Englishman and other satires ; 8. An age of plot and deceit ; 9. From pilloried libeller to Government propagandist ; 10. 'Writing history sheet by sheet': Defoe, The Review ; 11. From public journalist to lunar philosopher ; 12. Defoe as spy and Whig propagandist ; 13. A 'true spy' in Scotland ; 14. In limbo between causes and masters ; 15. Journalism and history in 'an age of mysteries and paradoxes' ; 16. How to sell out while keeping one's integrity (somewhat) intact in that 'Lunatick Age' ; 17. These dangerous times ; 18. 'A miserable divided nation' ; 19. A change of monarchs ; 20. Times when honest men must reserve themselves for better fortunes ; 21. Corrector general of the press ; 22. The year before Robinson Crusoe: intellectual controversies and experiments in fiction ; 23. Robinson Crusoe and the variability of life ; 24. After Crusoe: pirate adventures, military memoirs, and the South Sea scandal ; 25. Creating fictional worlds ; 26. Describing Britain in the 1720s ; 27. Enter Henry Baker ; 28. Last productive years ; 29. Sinking under the weight of affliction ; Works cited ; Index
Responsibility: Maximillian E. Novak.

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Imprisoned several times, reviled by enemies, hunted by murderous mobs, and yet sometimes feted by the country's most powerful leaders, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) led an extraordinarily exciting life.  Read more...

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A finely tuned portrait of an ambitious man often living against the flow of his world. * Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times *

 
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