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Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Works

Maximillian E. Novak


Daniel Defoe, best known as the author of Robinson Crusoe, lived during a period of dramatic historical, political, and social change in Britain, and was by any standard a superb observer of his times. Through his pamphlets, newspapers, books of travel, and works of fiction he commented on anything and everything, from birth control to the price of coal, from flying machines to academies for women, from security for the aged to the dangers of the plague. In his fiction he created a type of vivid realism that powerfully influenced the development of the novel. The publication of works such as R ... More

Keywords: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, pamphlets, newspapers, realism, Bellmour, Compleat English Gentleman, Moll Flanders, flying machines, academies for women

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199261543
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maximillian E. Novak, author
University of California, Los Angeles

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