Daniel Defoe - Author

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A prolific journalist and pamphleteer, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) is best remembered for his contribution to the English novel, with works such as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders considered pioneers of their genre.

Featured books by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Robinson Crusoe A Robert Ingpen Illustrated Classic

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2021

Michael Morpugo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom is just one of the very many stories for adults and children alike that have been inspired by Daniel Defoe’s classic shipwreck story. Written over 300 years ago, the story of Robinson Crusoe, an impulsive young man who runs away to sea against the best efforts of his parents to stop him, is packed full of gripping action as Crusoe survives the worst the elements throw  at him before he is shipwrecked on an apparently uninhabited island. The story of Crusoe’s life on an island is a lyrical study of a place as well as an inspiring story of one man’s resourcefulness. In this adapted edition award-winning illustrator Robert Inkpen’s illustrations bring Daniel Defoe’s classic story to life in timeless images. 

Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/04/2020

Born in Newgate Prison to an incarcerated mother, Moll Flanders is compelled from earliest childhood to make her own way in the world and to live off her wit and beauty. Her desire to climb the rungs of society leads her through a tangled web of incest, adultery, prostitution, deception and theft, before she is eventually transported to the New World for her crimes. Presented as Moll's autobiography, and published anonymously, the novel, through its self-made protagonist, highlights the intricacies and double standards of Moll's contemporary society, and offers an irresistible and evocative insight into both the drawing rooms and seedy back alleys of seventeenth-century England. This new edition is here presented with notes and extra material.

Other books by Daniel Defoe

Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe with his Vision of the Angelick World

Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe with his Vision of the Angelick World

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2022

Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoewith his Vision of the Angelick World, first published in 1720 and considered a sequel to The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, is a collection of essays written in the voice of the Crusoe character. Expressing Defoe's thoughts about many moral questions of the day, the narrator takes up isolation, poverty, religious liberty, and epistemology. Defoe also used this volume to revive his interest in poetry, not the satiric poetry of the early eighteenth century, but the more inspirational verse that appeared in some of his later works. Serious Reflections also includes an imaginative flight in which Crusoe wanders among the planets, a return to the moon voyage impulse of Defoe's 1705 work The Consolidator. Illuminating the ideas and philosophy of this most influential of English novelists, it is invaluable for any student of the period.

The Complete Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (3 volume set)

The Complete Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (3 volume set)

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2022

A three-volume set of the definitive Stoke Newington Editions of Robinson Crusoe. The novels and essays with introductions, line notes, and full bibliographical notes. Includes: The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe with his Vision of the Angelick World. These definitve editions are more affordable when purchased as a three-volume set. Robinson Crusoe, an adventure tale that fascinated such thinkers as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf, and J. M. Coetzee, has been an international best-seller for three hundred years. An adventure tale involving cannibals, pirates, and shipwrecks, it embodies economic, social, political, and philosophical themes that continue to be relevant today. Moreover, the notion of isolation on a deserted island and a fascination with survival continue to be central to countless popular cinema and television programs. This edition of the novel with its introduction, line notes, and full bibliographical notes provides a uniquely scholarly presentation of the novel. There has been no other edition like it. Defoe's The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was almost always published together with The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Only after 1950 was the first volume printed alone-a shorter work for some classes. But in addition to fulfilling the promise of the first volume, The Farther Adventures is an exciting adventure novel by itself. Crusoe returns to his island to learn about his colony, and then travels to Madagascar, India, and China before returning to England after some exciting encounters. Complete with an introduction, line notes, and full bibliographical notes, this is an edition like no other. Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe with his Vision of the Angelick World, first published in 1720 and considered a sequel to The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, is a collection of essays written in the voice of the Crusoe character. Expressing Defoe's thoughts about many moral questions of the day, the narrator takes up isolation, poverty, religious liberty, and epistemology. Defoe also used this volume to revive his interest in poetry, not the satiric poetry of the early eighteenth century, but the more inspirational verse that appeared in some of his later works. Serious Reflections also includes an imaginative flight in which Crusoe wanders among the planets, a return to the moon voyage impulse of Defoe's 1705 work The Consolidator. Illuminating the ideas and philosophy of this most influential of English novelists, it is invaluable for any student of the period.

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2021

Defoe's The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was almost always published together with The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Only after 1950 was the first volume printed alone-a shorter work for some classes. But in addition to fulfilling the promise of the first volume, The Farther Adventures is an exciting adventure novel by itself. Crusoe returns to his island to learn about his colony, and then travels to Madagascar, India, and China before returning to England after some exciting encounters. Complete with an introduction, line notes, and full bibliographical notes, this is an edition like no other.

An Essay Upon Projects Stoke Newington Daniel Defoe Edition

An Essay Upon Projects Stoke Newington Daniel Defoe Edition

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2021

The Essay upon Projects was written during the years immediately following two of Defoe's serious brushed with the law. In 1692, #17,000 in debt, he was declared bankrupt. After a brief imprisonment and during the time he subsequently spent hiding from authorities and creditors, he began work on various projects which he thought would make England a better nation and, were they approved and acted upon by the government, bring him fame and fortune. Composed piecemeal, the Essay offers a wide ranging series of proposals for radical social reform, while attempting to gain some dignity for what Defoe called, in another context, the despicable art of projecting. Among Defoe's schemes, predictable enough, was a project for the reform of his nation's bankruptcy laws, a project over which Defoe, in his own words, waxed hot . Five years after he began it, Defoe published the work. By 1697, he had righted himself publicly and financially, having served as Accomptant to the Commissioners of the Glass Duty in King William's government and having profited from his brick and tile factory in Tilbury. The work represents new beginnings for Defoe as a political and literary figure, new assertions of principles, new ventures on public terrain. At its most utopian, it was an effort at charting a new future for England - a combination of social engineering and economic scheming. It is a commonplace to say of science fiction that while purporting to be about other worlds and often about future time, it is invariable about our present life on earth. Similarly, it may be said of An Essay upon Projects that although Defoe's work treated future projects and possibilities, they were very much rooted in the events of the recent past and the present. Read against the swarm of proposals published during the 1690s (usually in pamphlet form), the text seems thoroughly rooted in the efforts at attempting to solve the economic problems of the late-17th century. On the other hand, Defoe enjoyed assuming the role of a prophet, and if some of his schemes seemed to foreshadow his future developments, whether in his time or ours, he would hardly have been reluctant to take credit for his ingenuity and farsightedness.

Robinson Crusoe;With an Additional Essay by Virginia Woolf

Robinson Crusoe;With an Additional Essay by Virginia Woolf

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2021

Robinson Crusoe;With an Additional Essay by Virginia Woolf by Daniel Defoe

An American Robinson Crusoe

An American Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/10/2021

An American Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A Second Letter From a Country Whig to His Friend in London Relating to the Matter of Impeachments, Etc

A Second Letter From a Country Whig to His Friend in London Relating to the Matter of Impeachments, Etc

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2021

A Second Letter From a Country Whig to His Friend in London Relating to the Matter of Impeachments, Etc by Daniel Defoe

A Letter From a Country Whig, to His Friend in London

A Letter From a Country Whig, to His Friend in London

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2021

A Letter From a Country Whig, to His Friend in London by Daniel Defoe

The Secret History of the White Staff

The Secret History of the White Staff

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2021

The Secret History of the White Staff by Daniel Defoe

An Essay Upon Literature or, An Enquiry Into the Antiquity and Original of Letters; Proving That the Two Tables, Written by the Finger of God in Mount Sinai, Was the First Writing in the World, and Th

An Essay Upon Literature or, An Enquiry Into the Antiquity and Original of Letters; Proving That the Two Tables, Written by the Finger of God in Mount Sinai, Was the First Writing in the World, and Th

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2021

An Essay Upon Literature or, An Enquiry Into the Antiquity and Original of Letters; Proving That the Two Tables, Written by the Finger of God in Mount Sinai, Was the First Writing in the World, and Th by Daniel Defoe

The Chimera, or, The French Way of Paying National Debts Laid Open [microform]

The Chimera, or, The French Way of Paying National Debts Laid Open [microform]

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

The Chimera, or, The French Way of Paying National Debts Laid Open [microform] by Daniel Defoe

The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclos'd or, an Universal History of Apparitions Sacred and Prophane, Under All Denominations; Whether, Angelical, Diabolical, or Human-souls Departed. Shewing I. T

The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclos'd or, an Universal History of Apparitions Sacred and Prophane, Under All Denominations; Whether, Angelical, Diabolical, or Human-souls Departed. Shewing I. T

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2021

The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclos'd or, an Universal History of Apparitions Sacred and Prophane, Under All Denominations; Whether, Angelical, Diabolical, or Human-souls Departed. Shewing I. T by Daniel Defoe

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A Tour Thro the Whole Island of Great Britain, Divided Into Circuits or Journies ... Interspersed With Useful Observations Particularly Fitted for the Perusal of Such as Desire to Travel Over the Isla

A Tour Thro the Whole Island of Great Britain, Divided Into Circuits or Journies ... Interspersed With Useful Observations Particularly Fitted for the Perusal of Such as Desire to Travel Over the Isla

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/09/2021

A Tour Thro the Whole Island of Great Britain, Divided Into Circuits or Journies ... Interspersed With Useful Observations Particularly Fitted for the Perusal of Such as Desire to Travel Over the Isla by Daniel Defoe

A New Test of the Sence of the Nation

A New Test of the Sence of the Nation

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

A New Test of the Sence of the Nation by Daniel Defoe

The Right of the Sovereign in the Choice of His Servants ...

The Right of the Sovereign in the Choice of His Servants ...

Author: Daniel Defoe Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2021

The Right of the Sovereign in the Choice of His Servants ... by Daniel Defoe

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