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Daniel Defoe: Master of FictionsHis Life and Works$
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Maximillian E. Novak

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001

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‘Writing History Sheet by Sheet’

‘Writing History Sheet by Sheet’

Defoe, The Review, and The Storm

(p.213) 10 ‘Writing History Sheet by Sheet’
Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions

Maximillian E. Novak

Oxford University Press

On February 19, 1704, Daniel Defoe brought out his first issue of a newspaper entitled A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France: Purg’d from the Errors and Partiality of News-Writers, and Petty Statesmen of All Sides. Though most of Defoe’s productions had been very serious indeed, his contemporaries appreciated the wit of his lampoons, and he thought he would attract readers by creating a mythical society to deal with errors of other newspapers and with various subjects, some light and some fairly serious. By getting his readers to understand the reasons for the greatness of France, Defoe would enable them to make the kinds of distinction about foreign policy that, in turn, would enable the government to conduct the war in a proper fashion. In November 1703, the month Defoe was released from prison, he apparently made plans for writing an account of a week-long storm that struck England on November 24. While Defoe was writing on such subjects, he did not abandon his attacks against the enemies of the Dissenters.

Keywords:   Daniel Defoe, newspapers, France, lampoons, storm, foreign policy, war, England, Dissenters

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