Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

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Published in the first series of English Men of Letters in 1879, a time when a complete edition of Daniel Defoe's works was yet to be collated, this biograhical account by William Minto (1845-93) was a significant achievement in literary scholarship as well as an engaging portrait of a colourful and outspoken polemicist. Himself a journalist and essayist for the pioneering Pall Mall Gazette and the Daily News, Minto combines the critical insight of a literary scholar with the empathy and understanding of a fellow writer. Spanning the novelist's entire life (c. 1659-1731), from the passions of his youth to the publication of Robinson Crusoe, his 'later journalistic labours' and the impact of literary success, this biography tells how Defoe disproved the rule that the lives of men of letters are rarely eventful.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139083988
  • 9781139083980

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Defoe's youth and early pursuits; 2. King William's adjutant; 3. A martyr to dissent?; 4. The review of the affairs of France; 5. The advocate of peace and union; 6. Dr. Sacheverell, and the change of government; 7. Difficulties in re-changing sides; 8. Later journalistic labours; 9. The place of Defoe's fictions in his life; 10. His mysterious end.
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